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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Washington County business plans expansion to turn lobster plant’s waste into lobster compost
Bangor Daily News - 2/24/2013.
By Tom Walsh - Marion Township: Sometimes the oft-dreaded “unintended consequences” of a business deal can wind up being good ones. That seems to be the 1+1=3 calculation behind the retrofit of the former Stinson Seafood cannery in the Hancock County community of Prospect Harbor.
Fight unhealthy food, not fat people
The Guardian [UK] - 2/24/2013.
By Jill Filipovic - It's hardly breaking news that junk food is bad for us. But just how bad - and just how much food companies know about the addictive components of certain foods, and just how much they deliberately target the most vulnerable consumers knowing they are doing damage - is still being discovered.
This Week in Poverty: How Obama Can Fight Hunger Now
The Nation - 2/23/2013.
By Greg Kaufmann - How President Obama Can Reverse America’s Worsening Hunger Metrics is a practical guide to executive actions Obama can take now “to significantly reduce child hunger, as well as US hunger in general,” according to its author, Joel Berg.
The harsh lives of the forgotten rural poor
The Guardian [UK] - 2/23/2013.
By Tobias Jones - It's hard to imagine a time in which it's been tougher to live in the countryside. It's not just a question of the usual complaints: that access to services - transport, hospitals, schools, even mobile phone coverage or broadband - is patchy. It's that there's acute poverty in rural areas and it's a poverty that is seemingly invisible.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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