Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Hawaii Shows States’ Power to Regulate Pesticides

June 20, 2018 – By Lisa Held, Civil Eats – A new state law banning chlorpyrifos and regulating agrochemical companies is the result of nearly a decade of grassroots community organizing, and the first in the nation.

Ever heard of veganic farming? Neither had we

June 20, 2018 – By Avery Yale Kamila, Portland Press Herald – At the Taste of Eden restaurant in Maine’s western mountains, the menu is vegan and its farm-to-table vegetables are grown using vegan methods, too.

Looking at Fraud: Industry Watchdog Releases Comprehensive Report Documenting Suspicious Organic Grain Imports

June 18, 2018 – The Cornucopia Institute – An organic industry watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, has released a groundbreaking, comprehensive report chronicling how a small number of multibillion dollar agribusinesses came to dominate the U.S. organic grain industry following the systemic failures of the USDA’s National Organic Program (USDA-NOP) to curb the infiltration of questionable organic grain imports.

Composting company works to keep scraps from landfills, build nutrient-rich soil

June 18, 2018 – By Sarah Thompson, Penobscot Bay Pilot – Rockport native Davis Saltonstall, in partnership with Tessa Rosenberry, of New York, is starting a business not yet seen in the region. In theory, it’s a simple niche concept based on the under-utilization of an every day product – food waste. If their pilot project takes off, however, the benefits would branch out in several directions.

Pesticide bans raise question: Can we manage garden pests without chemicals?

June 17, 2018 – By Ray Routhier, Kennebec Journal – If you squeeze the trigger on a bottle of Roundup in South Portland this summer, you’ll be breaking the law. An ordinance severely restricting synthetic pesticides on private property took effect in May. The law has been in effect for public property for a year. But advocates and city officials aren’t attacking pesticide use as if it’s a crime. In fact, no fines are attached to the ordinance. Instead, the rollout of the new ordinance is being used as a teachable moment.

Resilient Maine Dairy Rebounding After Fire

June 15, 2018 – By Jeffrey B. Roth, Lancaster Farming – After operating for seven years, farm owners Doug and Heather Donahue decided to expand their market of organic yogurt and cheeses beyond their base in central Maine.