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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
California's children face higher health risks from contaminants in food than adults
Environmental Health News - 5/30/2013.
By Jennifer Wolstenholme - Pre-schoolers are exposed to more food contaminants than are older children and adults, reports a study from California. This is the first research to assess multiple contaminants, mostly pesticides and metals, in children's diets and compare their estimated exposures with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines. The chemicals included in the study have been linked to cancer, liver toxicity, reproductive effects or neurological damage at the levels estimated in the children based on their diets.
Strengthening the food chain: Farmers and workers unite, find power in numbers
Grist - 5/30/2013.
By Siena Chrisman - Bob St. Peter and his wife, Juli Perry, farm four acres in coastal Maine, growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, rabbits, chickens, and sheep to feed their family and their neighbors. They grow food in ways that build rich soil, nurture wildlife, and nourish their community. But “at the end of the day,” Bob says, “we’ve been bewildered at how hard it is to produce food to feed people.”
For Farmers Fearing Drought, Auroville Offers Some Lessons
The New York Times - 5/30/2013.
By Anupama Chandrasekaran - Now that June is right around the corner, farmers and economists in India are anxiously awaiting the arrival of monsoon season, which will bring up to 80 percent of the country’s annual rainfall. They have good reason to worry: with the agriculture sector contributing nearly 15 percent to India’s gross domestic product last fiscal year, a lackluster monsoon could be disastrous for farmers and, in turn, the wider economy.
Analysis: Behind China's U.S. pork deal, fears over feed additives
Reuters - 5/30/2013.
By P.J. Huffstutter and Lisa Baertlein - When Smithfield Foods Inc. quietly weaned the first of its pigs off the controversial feed additive ractopamine last year, it may have helped open the door for a Chinese counterpart to acquire the world's largest hog producer.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27 - Farms & Gardens to Visit

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

July 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals

July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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