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Bulletin Board

JULY 3, 2014

Sam and Lauren Webber and family with MOFGA's Diane Schivera

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Sam and Lauren Webber of Samlaurel Farm in West Farmington. The Webbers sell their cows' milk through Horizon. They are among the most recent additions to the MOFGA certified organic cadre and are shown here during a visit last winter from MOFGA's organic livestock specialist, Diane Schivera (and - not shown here - our organic transitions coordinator, Katy Green). Welcome, Sam and Lauren! Read more about the Webbers.          

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Friday, July 4 - Listen to MOFGA's Common Ground Radio on WERU

Broadcast on the first Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m., on WERU, Common Ground Radio is a call-in show where all things farm- and food-related are discussed. MOFGA orchardist and librarian C.J. I is currently the host and organizer of the show. The show features one or two guests in the studio and sometimes another guest on the phone. Archive of earlier broadcasts. Because of the holiday, the July 4 program is a pre-recorded show on permaculture as a design system. Jesse Watson of the Midcoast Permaculture Network is a guest in the studio, and Lisa Fernandes of the Resilience Hub in Portland is a guest on the phone. Because it is pre-recorded there are no callers for this broadcast. The topic of permaculture is the focus of the 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence, held this weekend at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center.
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Tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51 percent of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada
MOFGA 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. The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides - believed to be key contributors to recent bee declines. Read more on MOFGA.org.

The report is posted at www.BeeAction.org.

Click here to find MOFGA certified organic plants.
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MOFGA Seeks Educational Programs Director

MOFGA is searching for a dynamic, organized and motivated individual to serve as Educational Programs Director. This job opening creates an outstanding opportunity to build on the success of MOFGA's educational programs and work with a fast growing environmental organization focusing on ecologically sound farming and gardening practices. Details.
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MOFGA Farm Training Project Coming Up
These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.
Livestock Management
Wednesday, July 9, 5 p.m. at Frith Farm, Scarborough
An important principle of sustainable small-scale farming is diversity, and livestock play many key functional roles in a diverse farm system. Come see how Frith Farm rotates broilers, layers, sheep and pigs through pasture and woodlands to spread fertility, manage plant growth and promote animal health. This event will be held in partnership with Maine Farmland Trust. Frith Farm is a Forever Farm, and information about this program will be available. More information.
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A Successful Apple Tree Pruning Workshop

Jacob Holzberg-Pill took photos of an old tree at the beginning of a pruning workshop held by MOFGA in March, at the end of the workshop, and then in late June, in the tree's full summer splendor. Phil Norris and John Bunker led the workshop.

Before pruning, March
Same day, after pruning
Late June
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Register Online Now To Volunteer for the Fair!

Online registration for volunteering for the 2014 Fair is open. You can now log in and select your shifts. Please make sure to update your profile information as well. We want to make sure you get the right T-shirt size!

If you want to sign up an entire group for a volunteer shift, please contact Anna, our volunteer coordinator, directly.

MOFGA continues to develop its year-round volunteer program to help run the organization's many ongoing projects and programs. If you are interested in volunteering for any of MOFGA's other programs, or if you have any questions about volunteering for the Fair, please e-mail Anna at alibby@mofga.org or call 207-568-4142.
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2014 Common Ground Country Fair Poster
This year's 2014 Common Ground Country Fair poster features medicinal herbs. The artist, Kate Seaver, is a MOFGA journeyperson and co-operator of Up-Beet Farm in Porter, a MOFGA certified organic market garden. Her art highlights a celebrated aspect of the Common Ground Country Fair, which features more than 1,400 exhibitors and speakers. This year's Fair will occur on September 19, 20 and 21.
Every year MOFGA holds a poster contest and welcomes all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions. Guidelines and application for the 2015 Fair.
For more information, please contact Fair director April Boucher at commonground@mofga.org.
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Vernon LeCount, Andrew Marshall
and Grace Oedel
Lauren Young (left) and Anna Mueller

Farewell and Welcome

MOFGA recently said farewell to three wonderful employees - Vernon LeCount, who has retired; Andrew Marshall, who will be spending more time farming and with his family; and Grace Oedel, who is moving to Western Massachusetts, where her husband (and MOFGA volunteer, Jacob Holzberg-Pill) has a new job. We will miss all of these friends so much!

We welcomed Lauren Young as our Fair assistant. Lauren recently graduated from Carleton College, has worked on farms in Idaho and volunteered for MOFGA last summer.

We also welcomed Anna Mueller, our new events coordinator. A 2014 graduate of Unity College, Anna was an intern at MOFGA and has filled in at our front desk position when needed. She farms at Murphy Family Farm in Freedom with Sean Murphy and is a MOFGA journeyperson.

And Heather Omand has joined our staff as our marketing and business coordinator.

Welcome, all!
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

Events sponsored by NOFA-Massachusetts

Events sponsored by NOFA-New Hampshire

Events sponsored by NOFA-Vermont

July 4 - MOFGA's Common Ground radio show, 10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org.

July 4-6 - 2014 Northeast Permaculture Convergence. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center. Details.

July 7 - Deadline to apply for USDA grants and combination grants and guaranteed loans for eligible farms and other rural businesses under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) for fiscal year 2014. Details.

July 8 - Maine Food Strategy Briefing. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Wishcamper Center, Room 102, 34 Bedford Street, Portland. Results of a survey, highlighting seafood purchasing habits of Mainers, exploring the reasons preventing Mainers from purchasing more locally caught fish. Registration. The Maine Food Strategy will present its findings in Caribou on July 16.

July 23 - Slow Money Maine Gathering. 1 to 4 p.m., Viles Arboretum, Augusta. Details.

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference. Thursday 8 a.m. to Friday 5 p.m. Two-day conference fee is $300. (Includes delicious meals). Many participants arrive on Wednesday, July 23 and stay to attend the free Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, July 26. Registration.

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair. Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Skowhegan State Fairgrounds. Free! Over 60 vendors. Parking $2. Details.

July 27 - Open Farm Day. Sunday. Details.

July 31 - Deadline to apply for USDA Rural Energy for American Program guaranteed loans for renewable energy system and energy efficiency improvement. Details.

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., North Branch Farm, Monroe. Details.

August 9 - 6th Annual Backyard Locavore Day. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Self-guided tour of multiple Cumberland county backyards, provided by University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver volunteers. $15 in advance, $20 on the day of event; children under 12 free. Details.

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour. 4 p.m., Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Rd., Monticello, Maine. Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences during this informal farm tour and discussion. The tour is free, but please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142.

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Deer Isle Hostel, 65 Tennis Rd., Deer Isle ME. $40 (lunch included). Details.

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project. 4 p.m., Blue Hill Library (Howard Room), Blue Hill. Free. Presented by Deer Isle Hostel; co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Public Library and MOFGA. Information.

September 9-11 - The National Heirloom Exposition, Santa Rosa, California. Details.

September 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair


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