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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
Honey laundering: tainted and counterfeit Chinese honey floods into the US
Grist - 8/18/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – If it's possible to write a blockbuster story about honey, Food Safety News has done it: "A third or more of all the honey consumed in the U.S. is likely to have been smuggled in from China and may be tainted with illegal antibiotics and heavy metals. A Food Safety News investigation has documented that millions of pounds of honey banned as unsafe in dozens of countries are being imported and sold here in record quantities."
Politics, farmers and change: the end of rural America
Huffington Post - 8/17/2011.
By Dave Murphy – This week President Obama returned to Iowa, where he launched his successful bid to the White House, to speak about "jobs and economic security" in rural America. For farmers and rural advocates this tour is really about something much larger than electioneering or a new jobs program, it's about the survival of rural America.
Wet summer could spell potato blight
Kennebec Journal - 8/16/2011.
AP – Exeter: Maine potato farmers could be facing potato blight because of the wet summer. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association says three farms along the state's central coast have "suspicious" crops. In a new report, the group said heavy rain could mean trouble for potato farmers in Aroostook County and the central coast.
379 years later, time for some new farming blood
Kennebec Journal - 8/16/2011.
By Kathy McCormack – Dover, N.H.: It's a good season for the beloved sweet corn on the 379-year-old Tuttle Farm. It also looks good for the crops that weren't there a year ago, produced by a group of visiting young farmers – eggplant, peppers, pumpkins and sunflowers.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

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