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CSA Fairs Are Coming Up!

Did you know that five Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs are happening in Maine in late February and early March? CSA Fairs are an opportunity to meet your local farmers, shop for a CSA share at a farm near you and celebrate local agriculture in Maine. This year's CSA Fairs are in Portland, Bangor, Belfast, Augusta and Hallowell. More information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Rising CO2 in atmosphere speeds carbon loss from forest soils
Think Progress - 7/15/2012.
Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found.
Monroe a hot spot for hops
Bangor Daily News - 7/15/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Monroe: When people drive by Elm Hill Farm on Back Brooks Road, many of them stop to gawk at the acre of thick, green hop vines growing on trellises that stretch toward the sky.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds now owned by employees
Bangor Daily News - 7/12/2012.
By Alex Barber – Albion: Johnny’s Selected Seeds announced that it will be a 100 percent employee-owned company. The company, which is provides seeds, tools, information and sales, will hold an event celebrating the move at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, at its research farm in Albion.
FDA approved drug produced in genetically engineered carrot cells
Treehugger - 7/12/2012.
By Ramon Gonzalez – This past spring Popular Science reported on the U.S. Federal Drug Administration's approval of a drug for humans that was produced in genetically engineered plant cells. The drug, called Elelyso, is used to treat a disorder known as Gaucher disease which results from the lack of a specific enzyme. The earlier treatment for Gaucher disease was derived from hamster cells.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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