Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Meet the new head of MOFGA

July 15, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – When the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association announced that Sarah Alexander would be its new executive director, we wanted to know more. Who was this highly qualified (relative) newcomer to Maine, how did she get here and what are her plans for MOFGA?

The odd life of the upland sandpiper

July 13, 2018 – By Bob Duchesne, Bangor Daily News – The upland sandpiper may be the most unusual bird you never heard of. Or it may be the most unusual bird you ever heard. Technically, it’s a shorebird, except that you’ll never find it at the shore. Over much of its range – from here to Alaska – it’s a bird of prairies and dry grasslands. In Maine, its favorite habitat is on the blueberry barrens.

How to control garden pests without chemicals

July 13, 2018 – By Aislinn Sarnacki, Bangor Daily News – With Japanese beetles attacking the beans, worms infiltrating the corn and aphids sapping the life from the tomato plants, a garden can sometimes feel like a battlefield. Instead of spraying plants with synthetic pesticides, organic gardeners are finding creative ways to defend their crops. In many cases these solutions are simple, eco-friendly and effective.

One tiny detail spoils that shocking organic milk headline: It was wrong

July 12, 2018 – By Richard Bazinet and Mark Schatzker, The Globe and Mail – What’s the difference between organic and conventional milk? We investigated and found none.

Headlines don’t get better than that. Last week, the Toronto Star published the result of an investigation into organic milk, which included laboratory analysis, and found that “the product is no different than cheaper regular milk.”

Farmers Market Produce: Local vs. Organic

July 12, 2018 – By Sally Wadyka, Consumer Reports – Faster than you can say “kale salad,” it seems like yet another farmers market pops up. In fact, there are more than 8,700 registered in the USDA’s Farmers Market Directory.

Emergency Order to Stop Movement of Ash Imminent - State Still Requesting Feedback

July 12, 2018 – Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry – The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's (DACF) Maine Forest Service is working on an Emergency Order to Stop Movement of Ash in response to the detection of emerald ash borer (EAB) in Frenchville and Madawaska in Aroostook County. The Emergency Order will be issued within the next two weeks, but additional feedback is welcomed and encouraged.

Mare's Milk For Health? Europeans Look To Horses For Ancient Remedy

July 12, 2018 – Bu Susanna Forrest, Maine Public – Goat's milk. Sheep's milk. Soy milk. Almond milk. The grocery store shelves these days are filled with alternatives to dairy from cows. But in Europe, interest is growing in milk from a surprising source: horses.