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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio
Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

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

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

April 19 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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