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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Wild mushroom program designed to protect the public
Kennebec Journal - 5/14/2011.
By Greg A. Marley – With growing dismay, I read George Smith's column, "Maine has a mushrooming problem at the State House," on May 11. The column reflected his uninformed rebuff of the efforts of the Wild Mushroom Harvesting Task Force and L.D. 1407, An Act To Establish the Maine Wild Mushroom Harvesting Certification Program.
Organic mulches sustain healthy garden soil
Bangor Daily News - 5/14/2011.
By Reeser Manley – We planted peas and onions in Marjorie’s Garden last weekend while two crows watched from a nearby birch. I could feel the sun’s warmth on my back and the soil’s warmth in my fingers as I dug two inch-deep furrows down the length of a garden bed. Into each furrow I scattered pea seeds, plump with water just imbibed, then covered them with the warm soil, gently patting it down with the flat of my hand. All the while, the two crows were watching.
‘Kids Safe’ bill finds bipartisan solution
Portland Press Herald - 5/12/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta; Business and environmental groups that were at odds over Maine's Kids Safe Products Act have reached agreement on a proposal to modify the law, which created a process for identifying and banning dangerous chemicals.
Drought likely to affect Kansas wheat
Portland Press Herald - 5/12/2011.
Wichita, Kan. – Drought-plagued Kansas farmers are expected to harvest far less winter wheat this season from fewer acres, according to a new government report released Wednesday. In its monthly crop report, Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service predicted the state's winter wheat production will be down 27 percent from last year to 261.8 million bushels. That would be the lowest production in Kansas since 1996.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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