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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

Postponed to Saturday, April 19 - 9 a.m., Unity, rain or shine

Plant 102 heirloom apples and hundreds of companion plants at the Maine Heritage Orchard. Volunteers will be on hand to teach planting. No charge - Everyone welcome! Bring your own lunch. If possible, please bring shovels, rakes and wheel barrows! If you are attending, please RSVP by emailing Anna Libby (alibby@mofga.org) or by calling the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Western farmers face labor shortages in the fields
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2013.
By Gosia Wozniacka, AP: Fresno, Calif. - With the harvest in full swing on the West Coast, farmers in California and other states say they can't find enough people to pick high value crops such as grapes, peppers, apples and pears.
New England sees rise in warm-water ocean species
Portland Press Herald - 9/26/2013.
By Clarke Canfield, AP - Portland: Fish commonly found in warm ocean waters to the south have become more common in New England as ocean temperatures rise. Over the past two years, fishermen in southern New England have seen an increase in croaker, cobia and spot, species more commonly found in waters off the mid-Atlantic.
Why Commodity Farming Is a Tough Row to Hoe
Mother Jones - 9/26/2013.
By Tom Philpott - In yesterday's post, I explained that large agribusiness corporations largely avoid the task of actually growing food, leaving it mainly to family-owned farm enterprises. Why would they do that? In short, it's because most farmers grow commodities - and the laws of supply and demand make it virtually impossible to earn big profits from them.
Cowgirl
Down East - 9/26/2013.
By Joshua Bodwell - Joann Grohman has published nine books and five thousand blog posts (so far) on the subject closest to her heart: her family cow.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

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

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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