Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


The GE American Chestnut – Restoration of a Beloved Species or Trojan Horse for Tree Biotechnology?

June 11, 2019 – By Rachel Smolker, Ph.D., Independent Science News – About a century ago the American chestnut tree was attacked by the introduced fungal pathogen (Cryphonectria parasitica). This fungus drove the chestnut to functional extinction. Now, scientists at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) claim to have created, through biotechnology, a resistant American chestnut variety. They aim to petition the required regulatory agencies (USDA, FDA, EPA) for deregulation of their genetically engineered chestnut in the near future, with the stated goal of “restoring” the species to nature.


In Greece, a rebel organic farm goes against the grain

June 11, 2019 – By John Psaropoulos, Al Jazeera – On the Greek government's list of certified organic farmers, Antonis Antonopoulos has the serial number one. What makes Antonis and his brother Yiorgos a phenomenon, is not that their model farm pioneered organic methods in Greece; it's that they were among the first to realise that organically grown, local varieties of wheat and barley other farmers had cast aside could be a commercial hit.


Grillscaping: Grow Food You Love in the Space You Enjoy

June 11, 2019 – By Mark Konlock, National Garden Bureau – Nowadays we also want to know more about the sourcing and production processes used to grow the vegetables and fruits that we consume.  Are they organically grown? How far did they travel to get to me? One way to know the answers and have control over what you are eating is to grow it yourself. Grow your own and enjoy your garden when you start grillscaping!


The USA lags behind other countries in banning harmful pesticides

June 11, 2019 – By Nathan Donley, Pesticide Action Network – Would you be surprised if I told you that the United States uses a lot of agricultural pesticides that are banned in Europe? Maybe not. But what about pesticides that are banned in China? Or Brazil?


A celebration of farm viability at Ripley Farm June 27

June 10, 2019- Piscataquis Observer – Come celebrate thriving farms at “Root Down: A Farm Viability Party” hosted by Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) at Ripley Farm on the Merrills Mills Road from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 27. Guests can take a tour of the farm, enjoy snacks from Spruce Mill Farm & Kitchen, a cash bar with local beer and wine from Bissell Brothers and wine from Oyster River Winegrowers, learn about MFT’s Farm Viability work to help farms thrive and hear what the farmers at Ripley Farm are doing to grow their business.