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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
Identity of major MOOMilk investor revealed
Bangor Daily News - 5/29/2013.
By Whit Richardson - On May 22, I reported that MOOMilk, an organic milk producer based in Augusta, had just received an anonymous $3 million equity investment, the largest single investment in the company’s history. The investor is Norman Cloutier, co-founder and former CEO of United Natural Foods Inc.
GM 'hybrid' fish pose threat to natural populations, scientists warn
The Guardian [UK] - 5/29/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The offspring of genetically modified salmon and wild brown trout are even faster growing and more competitive than either of their parents, a new study has revealed, increasing fears that GM animals escaping into the wild could harm natural populations.
We can't let Monsanto win on genetically modified food
The Guardian [UK] - 5/29/2013.
By Sadhbh Walshe - Last weekend, 2 million people around the world took to the streets to protest genetically modified food, drawing attention to its dangers and the environmental harm caused by its production.
'Agritourism' Breathes New Life - and Controversy - into Maine Family Farms
Maine Public Broadcasting - 5/29/2013.
By Jennifer Mitchell - It's no secret that family farms in the U.S. continue their struggle for financial survival. But the farms that are left - along with a new crop of start up farms - are finding ways to make an old- fashioned industry pay. One idea is something called "agritourism," which describes a broad range of diversification efforts, such as "pick-your-own" operations and corn maze attractions.
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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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