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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

Saturday, August 6

North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
Fee: $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free
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Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. The workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
More choices, fewer calories
Portland Press Herald - 9/19/2009.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: The city's schoolchildren will see fewer fried foods and more healthy options on the cafeteria menu this year as school officials take further steps to promote good eating habits and combat obesity among youths. French fries and high-calorie desserts will be offered once or twice a week rather than daily, said Ron Adams, food services director. Nonfat milk will be added to the low-fat regular and flavored milk options already available. And in the city's high schools, where students can buy either whole meals or a la carte items, cafeterias are offering a wider variety of healthy food options.
Fairground a ‘hot spot’ for EEE
Bangor Daily News - 9/19/2009.
By Meg Haskell – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair, the annual celebration of rural life and organic agriculture, will pay special attention this year to the health hazard to humans and livestock posed by the presence of the EEE virus in Waldo County. The fair will take place Sept. 25-27.
Dairy runoff in our tap water
Ethicurean - 9/18/2009.
Big dairies, big problems: Reporter Charles Duhigg of the New York Times has been on the rampage these past few weeks with a series of great articles highlighting the need for better government regulation, oversight and enforcement of clean water laws. The latest installment covers the dairy industry in Wisconsin and elsewhere, where mega-feedlots concentrate millions of gallons of untreated waste that can leach into groundwater.
Protecting local farms
Common Dreams - 9/18/2009.
By Lynn Byczynski – When the spinach contamination epidemic was happening in the fall of 2006, and supermarkets were pulling spinach from their shelves under order from the FDA, many local produce growers experienced a sharp increase in sales. Customers didn't stop eating spinach and other leafy greens-instead, many went to their farmers' market to buy local.
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