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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Good, The Bad, The Monopoly: GMO's
Machias Valley News Observer - 11/23/2013.
Genetically modified agriculture has been a topic for discussion since the first commercial introduction in 1996. Today, genetically modified crops have skyrocketed, particularly in the United States, and are causing huge concerns among farmers as well as consumers.
Brunswick Farmers’ Market: the root of your locavore dinner
The Bowdoin Orient - 11/22/2013.
By Frannie Gurzenda and Emily Stewart - Every Tuesday and Thursday, fifteen local food vendors set up stalls along the Mall in downtown Brunswick to sell their day’s bounty. From seasonal produce to oven-fresh baked goods, the Brunswick Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local Maine fare. Every week, rain or shine, food enthusiasts come flooding to sample homegrown staples such as garlic-marinated goat cheese curds and hearty Sumatra roast coffee.
Food Labeling Laws: It’s a Matter of ‘When’ Not ‘If’
Daily Ticker - 11/22/2013.
By Morgan Korn - Meats must have Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as of Nov. 23 – 11 years after Congress approved such labeling.
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
The New York Times - 11/22/2013.
By Jim Robbins - Monarchs return to Mexico late and in very low numbers. Roundup herbicide and sterilized landscapes are partly to blame. Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society encourages rebuilding native plant communities: “If you’ve got just lawn grass, you’ve got nothing.” Supporting bees and other pollinators is part of food security, says the article.
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