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MAY 3, 2013

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Maine's Right To Know GMO
Labeling Bill

On Tuesday, April 23, we had a successful conference, rally and public hearing on LD 718, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock. Thank you so much to all who participated!

Now we need to ensure that all members of Maine's Legislature hear our message clearly. Please take the time to reach out to your state representatives and senators. You can find their contact information here:
http://www.maine.gov/legis/house/townlist.htm
 
Thank you again for all the support that you are giving.

Read more.
Our GMO-Right to Know Resources page on mofga.org

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Kamala Grohman

Long-Time MOFGA Member is New Administrative Assistant

MOFGA has hired Kamala Grohman as its new administrative assistant. Grohman has been involved with MOFGA for many years, originally helping Tim Nason with the design of our newspaper back in the 1970s! We are thrilled to have her join the staff and thrilled that hers will most often be the friendly, helpful voice that people hear when they call or visit the office.

MOFGA is grateful to Emily Horton for the years of service that she has provided as its administrative assistant, and for managing that job and her new one as MOFGA’s educational events coordinator while we searched for her replacement.


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Anna Libby
Anna Libby Hired as MOFGA Volunteer Coordinator


Anna Libby has joined the MOFGA staff as its year-round volunteer coordinator. Libby grew up on a small farm in Mt. Vernon, Maine, and currently lives in Lubec. She has coordinated volunteers and developed volunteer programs at other nonprofits for several years, including two years in AmeriCorps VISTA programs. She is a long time Common Ground Country Fair attendee and is delighted to join the MOFGA staff – as the staff is delighted to have her on board.


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Common Ground Country Fair
 
Exhibitor and Presenter Application Deadlines

MOFGA is now accepting applications for Presenters, Entertainers, and exhibitors in the Agricultural Demonstrations, Health & Healing, and Media areas at the Common Ground Country Fair. Links to presenter, entertainer and exhibitor applications and guidelines for participation in the Fair are all available online at www.commongroundcountryfair.com. Look for the "Areas" link to find the application for each area.

Interested in giving a presentation at the Fair? Please submit your proposal online via our Presenter Application.


The application deadline for Presenters and Agricultural Demonstrations, Health & Healing, and Media exhibitors is May 15th. The Entertainment deadline is May 31st. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact April Boucher at 207-568-4142 or commonground@mofga.org

Help Wanted

The Common Ground Country Fair is looking for a resourceful and creative individual to join our team as Fair Assistant through the Summer and into early October. If you have experience organizing events; versatile computer skills; the willingness to learn new systems and programs; and the capacity to prioritize in a bustling workplace teeming with distractions, we would love to hear from you. The Fair Assistant position is part-time, seasonal, and located in Unity. The full job description is available on the MOFGA website here.

The Fair Entertainment Committee is looking for individuals with a passion for entertainment to help select acts for the Fair and to volunteer at least one full day at the Fair. Interested? Questions? Contact Alfred Lund, Entertainment Coordinator, at oneheart@fairpoint.net.

Additional volunteer opportunities coordinating elements of the Fair are available. To learn more or to get involved with Fair planning as an area coordinator, contact Anna Libby, MOFGA's Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteers@mofga.org.

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Another Successful Empty Bowl Supper

The MOFGA-El Salvador sistering committee's Empty Bowl supper in April was a success! Thanks to all who came to Belfast to support the committee's work, to hear from Heather Spalding about MOFGA's work to get genetically engineered foods labeled, and to hear from Jan Morrill, now working with the Natural Resources Council of Maine on mining issue here. Morrill is using the experience she gained while living in El Salvador for five years, spending part of that time as coordinator of the International Allies against Metallic Mining in El Salvador.

Thanks so much to everyone who made this supper a success!

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Fruit and Vegetable Management Guides

Copies of the 2013-2014 New England Small Fruit Management Guide are now available at Highmoor Farm. The guide contains the latest information on management control options for the major small fruit pests as well as scouting information. Cost of the guide is $10.00 plus $2.53 postage for a total of $12.53. Copies of the 2012-2013 New England Vegetable Management Guide with color pictures of the important pests and diseases are also available at Highmoor Farm. Cost of the guide is $25.00 plus $3.43 postage for a total of $28.43.

To order the guides, please send your check made payable to UMaine Cooperative Extension mailed to: Highmoor Farm, P.O. Box 179, Monmouth, Maine 04259, attn. Pam St. Peter. For more information, contact Pam St. Peter at 933-2100 or pamela.stpeter@maine.edu.

Members of the Maine Vegetable & Small Fruit Growers Association (MVSFGA) or the New England Vegetable & Berry Growers Association receive free copies of the guides. For MVSFGA membership information, contact Bill Jordan at 799-1040.

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Melon plants started - and planted - in milk cartons. Tomash photo.

Melons in Maine

With a little TLC, you can grow melons in Maine - and Adam Tomash, a MOFGA member and gardener extraordinaire, knows how. In the summer 2012 issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, Tomash described starting melons on June 1 in half-gallon milk containers filled with quality potting soil and transplanting them to the garden a few weeks later. So start collecting materials now - seeds, seeding mix, milk cartons - so that you'll be ready to sow in a few weeks. Read Tomash's article.


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MOFGA Mugs at the MOFGA Store!

MOFGA teamed up with Malley Weber of Hallowell Clay Works in Hallowell, ME to design a unique and beautiful MOFGA mug. This "pub-style" mug is 20 oz and comes in two earthy tones, pippen and teal. You can purchase one of these fantastic mugs for $30, or bring home a set of two for $52! STARTING May 3rd and through May 10th, get 10% off!!
MOFGA Store.


 


Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!

MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety, Level I

May 4, Cambridge, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 19, Bethel, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come join us May 4th in Cambridge, Maine, or May 19th in Bethel, Maine. This one-day course covers all the fundamentals of safe and effective chainsaw operation. Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager, or plan to use a chainsaw occasionally this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, and 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. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

May 17 to 19 - Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds. www.northeastlivestockexpo.com/

May 19 - FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. Presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. $20.00 per farm. Register online or download the registration form (PDF) and mail it in with a check for $20.00 made payable to "University of Maine Cooperative Extension" at least one week in advance of the workshop to: FAMACHA Workshop/UMaine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105. Website.

May 28 - Conservation Farm Tour. 4 p.m., Goranson Farm, Dresden. View the farm's reduced tillage techniques and learn how to improve your soil health. RSVP to Katy Green: kgreen@mofga.org.

Weekly beginning in June - MOFGA's Farm Training Projects at locations around Maine. Workshops enable MOFGA apprentices and other young, beginning and aspiring farmers to visit other farms, learn from farmers about their areas of expertise, and network. Free.

June 1 to 2 - Maine Fiber Frolic, Windsor. www.fiberfrolic.com/

June 8 - NOFA-New Hampshire Spring Herb & Garden Day. Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, McLane Audubon Center, Concord, N.H. 12 workshops including herbal product making, brewing herbal beer, organic heirloom gardening, permaculture for beginners, marketing, an All-Day Herbal Intensive, foraging walks and more! Registration.

Farm & Homestead Day - June 15
Come! Learn! Volunteer!
Bring the Family!
It's Free - and Valuable!

Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, a revival of Small Farm Field Day, is a free, volunteer-driven event offering a wide variety of hands-on and interactive sessions on useful skills for new and old homesteaders and farmers. It will be held on Saturday, June 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road in Unity. Bring your family and friends!

2013 Poultry Processing Workshop

Wednesday, June 19, 9 am to 12 noon
MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
$30 - Limit: 20 participants
Register at MOFGA's Online Country Store
Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist and an elite crew of poultry processing professionals for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We'll discuss poultry management, equipment and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron, and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home a bird. Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office - (207) 568-4142; mofga@mofga.org.

July 25 and 26 - 2013 Kneading Conference and 5th Artisan Bread Fair, Skowhegan, Maine. 30 workshops, talks, and panel discussions for everyone interested in local grains, craft breads, wood-fired ovens, and restoring regional grain networks. $300 includes (delicious!) meals. Information.

Low Impact Forestry Level II, Draft Animal Logging
July 26-28, Bethel, Me.

This 3-day workshop builds on the skills that students developed in the Level I Draft Power Logging Workshop. Students are expected to have completed LIF's Level I course, or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience. Register at the online MOFGA Store.

The Maine School Garden Network announces The 3rd Annual School Garden Open House
Saturday, September 28, 2013

Plan now for an Open House event at your school garden, in conjunction with Maine Harvest Lunch week. For more info, visit www.msgn.org or email Kat Coriell info@msgn.org. If you're a farmer and would like to support your local school garden, check out the Garden Directory on our website for one near you.

Many other events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.
 
 

 

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