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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Maine Apple Camp - August 18-20, 2017, at Camp NEOFA in Liberty, Maine
Pre-registration closed; walk-ins welcome!

Maine Apple Camp
August 18-20, 2017
Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine


Price:
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
For family registrations, please contact us.

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance. For more information, click on the registration link.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Late blight affects some County potato farmers amid rainy weather
Bangor Daily News - 8/12/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: The rainy spring and summer have put a damper on the Aroostook County potato growing season, but the head of the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that the industry remains optimistic about this year’s crop. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that one consequence of the rainy weather has been the discovery of late blight in central Aroostook.
Roundup herbicide research shows plant, soil problems
Reuters - 8/12/2011.

Repeated use of the chemical glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup herbicide, impacts the root structure of plants, and 15 years of research indicates that the chemical could be causing fungal root disease, said Bob Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Tractors: no license necessary
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.
Craig Crosby – The federal government announced Wednesday it is scrapping plans to require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses to operate their tractors. The decision came after thousands of angry farmers and farm organizations blasted the measure as unnecessary meddling.
Food safety program cuts mindless, shortsighted
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.
Editorial – For the last month we have heard more than we needed to know about the nation's debt, and our government's inability to bring spending under control. After all the talk, however, it's important to remember that we need government to do things that the private sector cannot or will not do on its own, and we have to pay for it.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 18-20 - Maine Apple Camp

August 19 - Maine Axe & Saw Day

August 21 - Soil Health Field Day at Bumbleroot Farm

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

August 31 - Introduction to Low Impact Forestry

August 31 - Tour a Homestead As It Begins

September 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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