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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Fire destroys Brooks apple ladder manufacturing facility
Bangor Daily News - 5/10/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: As his manufacturing facility continued to smolder Wednesday afternoon from a devastating fire that began the night before, Peter Baldwin said he wasn’t sure what the future will bring for the business he has run in a converted dairy barn on Hall Hill Road for 23 years. The fire at Baldwin Apple Ladders consumed part of a year’s inventory of the wooden ladders, all his equipment and a year’s worth of rungs.
The return of the natives: designing and planting hedgerows for pollinator habitat to bring wild diversity back to farms and gardens
Chelsea Green - 5/10/2012.
By Gary Paul Nabhan – Native pollinators, it seems, were once forgotten as playing an essential role in providing ecological services for food security, but no longer. We have witnessed a surge in grassroots interest in returning pollinators to their proper place in sustainable agriculture, as witnessed by the enthusiastic participation recently seen at a workshop regarding on-farm pollinator habitat restoration in the U.S./Mexico borderlands.
The croft
Transition Network - 5/9/2012.
By Sharon Blackie – One of the remarkable things about crofting is that it provides the best of two worlds: the system is individualistic – a crofter runs and manages his own croft – and collaborative – the elected township Grazings Committee manages the communal land and can often fulfil other functions as well.
Community-supported-farming goes buffet in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 5/9/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Starting in June, Beth Schiller and Lee Straw are taking a gamble. The two farmers, owners of Dandelion Springs Farm and Straw Farm in Newcastle, are starting the state's first year-round, all-you-can-eat CSA. Yes, all you can eat.
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