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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship through cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Food safety in the 21st century
Grist - 6/21/2009.
By Dave Murphy – Just when America thought it was safe to go back into the grocery store, another food outbreak wakes us up to the fact that there is something seriously wrong with its food safety system. This time it’s Nestle Toll House cookie dough with E.coli, a treat that nearly every kid in America reaches for a few times a month during the summer. This is yet another reminder why it’s important to get the new food safety legislation, currently winding its way through Congress, right.
Vote for your favorite farmers’ market today
Treehugger - 6/21/2009.
By Sara Novak – If you love your farmers' market, now you can show it by voting on America’s Favorite Farmers' Markets. According to AFT, at the end of the contest a large, medium, and small farmers' market will be awarded a title and win a shipment of No Farms No Food® tote bags for the winning market managers to distribute to the shoppers that made it happen. You can vote until midnight on August 8. The winners will be announced thereafter. More and more people are headed back to the farmers' market according to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, which reported that nearly $1.2 billion stayed in local communities from direct to consumer sales—up 49 percent since 2002.
Urban poultry farms ruffle some feathers
Boston Globe - 6/21/2009.
By P.J. Huffstutter, LA Times – MADISON, Wis. - Jen Lynch and her family live in the heart of the city but roll out of bed to the sound of chickens clucking. Their day starts with cleaning coops, scooping out feed, and hunting for eggs for morning omelets. Eight families in a three-block radius and an estimated 150 families citywide do the same. “It’s our slice of rural life, minus the barns,’’ said Jen Lynch, 35, as Flicka the chicken pecked at her backyard lawn.
Filmmakers offers ‘Food’ for thought
Boston Globe - 6/21/2009.
By Devra First – Where does our food come from? This is the question posed by producer and director Robert Kenner in his film “Food, Inc.’’ The answer is overwhelmingly “not farms.’’ Kenner creates a portrait of a food system controlled by corporate interests that put profit before people’s health. Putting a face to this are individuals such as food-safety advocate Barbara Kowalcyk, whose son died after eating E. coli-tainted meat; Moe Parr, a seed cleaner who was sued by Monsanto; Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, where animals are fed grass and live in species-appropriate habitats; and food journalists Michael Pollan and film coproducer Eric Schlosser.
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