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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Future of Our Food System Depends on Healthy Soils – and Policies That Support Soil Stewardship
Civil Eats - 8/27/2013.
By Sasha Lyutse - Healthy soils are the foundation of a healthy food system. These soils teem with life: earthworms create water channels as the burrow through the soil, allowing rain to soak in; residues from previous crops help soil retain moisture, suppress weeds, and prevent erosion and runoff; microorganisms help filter contaminates and form the glue that helps keep soil intact; and cover crops – second crops planted to protect and improve soil health during the off-season – deliver natural fertilizer to the soil, prevent erosion, increase biodiversity, and improve water filtration as their roots create pores in the soil. Together, all of this works to create healthier crops.
A Safe Place for Bees: Will US Follow Europe in Banning Hive-Killing Pesticides?
Yes! - 8/27/2013.
By Katrina Rabeler - In the United States, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency released a report in May on honeybee health, the result of collaboration among officials, researchers, beekeepers, and food producers. The report is more comprehensive than previous versions and recommends a shift from reactive to proactive policy.
Salmonella in Spices Prompts Changes in Farming
The New York Times - 8/27/2013.
By Gardiner Harris - Spices grown in the mist-shrouded Western Ghats here have fueled wars, fortunes and even the discovery of continents, and for thousands of years farmers harvested them in the same traditional ways. Until now.
Syngenta to take a continent to court to upend pesticide ban
Grist - 8/27/2013.
By John Upton - Syngenta is preparing to spray its lawyerly might all over Europe in a bid to be allowed to keep killing bees. The agro-chemical giant announced Tuesday that it would haul the European Commission before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in an effort to block the looming suspension of its neonic insecticide thiamethoxam – aka Cruiser.
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April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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