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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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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is partnering with the Portland Museum of Art for a series of events about the farm-to-table experience in Maine.

May 2
Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director

Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
MOFGA and its mission – brief talk and slide show, followed by a light reception.

May 10
From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard

Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
A program on preserving Maine's heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA’s 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms.

May 18
Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods

Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions.

All events are at the Portland Museum of Art and cost $10 (free for MOFGA and PMA members). Reservations are strongly recommended; visit portlandmuseum.org or call the PMA at (207) 775-6148 to reserve your space.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Seed collectors toil to preserve genetic diversity
Kennebec Journal - 3/14/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Sam Birch's favorite heirloom seed is called Jacob's Cattle, which produces mottled white-and-maroon-splotched beans. The retired Cony High School science teacher has saved heirloom seeds for 20 years -- he now grows more than 300 varieties of beans at his home in Whitefield -- and is enthralled with their beauty.
Websites that connect would-be farmers to land are blooming
Grist - 3/12/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell – A new website called the Midwest Farm Connection aims to connect new farmers with established farmland owners, and to the resources they need to get a sustainable operation up and running -- from small-business advice to lists of possible funding sources.
Nanotoxicity in regulatory vacuum
Institute for Science in Society - 3/10/2010.
By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – A vast and rapidly expanding array of engineered nano-products floods the consumer market unregulated as evidence of toxicities accumulate.
Going toque to toque
Portland Press Herald - 3/10/2010.
By Meredith Goad – South Portland: Lindsay Bradeen has decided it's time to "go big or go home." "'Into the Flow' for 500," she says confidently. "There you go, the biggie," replies Chef Geoffrey Boardman, Bradeen's teacher, coach and the culinary version of Alex Trebek. Boardman reads the "Jeopardy"-style question Bradeen has chosen from the board: "From top to bottom, what order should duck, ground beef, salmon and strawberries be stored?" Ding! Bradeen's team hits the bell by the time the word "salmon" comes out of the coach's mouth.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 2 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop

May 4 - Maine Highlands MOFGA Chapter Celebration and Kick-Off

May 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA

May 10 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 17-18 - Introduction to Chainsaw Safety for Women

May 18 - Ripe For Discussion – Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art


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