Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Growing Corn Is A Major Contributor To Air Pollution, Study Finds

April 1, 2019 – By Jonathan Lambert, – You've probably heard statistics about how our diet affects the health of the planet. Like how a beef hamburger takes considerably more water and land to produce than a veggie burger, or that around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions stem from food production. In fact, there are websites that can calculate the carbon footprint of specific foods.


Gouldsboro man who was known for mentoring young farmers dies at 82

April 1, 2019 – By By Bill Trotter, Bangor Daily News – William Thayer, a longtime organic farmer and selectman in Gouldsboro who over decades helped blaze a trail for hundreds of aspiring organic farmers in Maine, died Monday morning, weeks after having suffered a head injury, according to his family.


Farmworkers fearing toxic pesticide exposure fight for organic agriculture

April 1, 2019 – By Virginia Ruiz and Eugenia Economos, Food Tank – Many people choose organic food in order to protect themselves and their families from exposure to pesticides. But choosing organic also means helping to create a healthier food system for everyone, from farm to table. Far too often, discussions about pesticides in the food system exclude the men, women, and children who plant, tend, and harvest our food.


Ag mural brightens Idaho statehouse tunnel

April 1, 2019 – By Brad Carlson, Capital Press – Idaho agriculture groups commissioned Parma High School art teacher Linda McMillan to paint a commodity-themed mural in an underground pedestrian tunnel connecting the Capitol with nearby state office buildings.


New website lists gardens open for public viewing

April 1, 2019 – N.H. Union Leader – More than 80 outstanding ornamental gardens in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont are opening to the public this year, and all of them are described on a new nonprofit website dedicated to gardening and landscape design in northern New England.


William Holbrook Thayer

April 1, 2019 –  Gouldsboro – "Farmer" Bill Thayer died at home early in the morning of April 1 at Darthia Farm, Gouldsboro, surrounded by loving friends and family. He got up at 4 am every day, put in a full day's physical work, fell asleep every night after supper, sitting in his chair. He made the farm and the community a better place. When he had his accident he was doing what he loved most, working his horses, Andy and Star and cutting wood in his woodlot.


How to Minimize Exposures to Hormone Disrupters

April 1, 2019 – By Perri Klass, M.D., The New York Times – Experts say adults and children alike can benefit from avoiding canned goods and certain plastics and substituting natural products for commercial cleaning products.


More Than 750,000 Could Lose Food Stamps Under Trump Administration Proposal

April 1, 2019 – By Pam Fessler, Maine Public – Three-quarters of a million people would likely lose their food stamps later this year under a new proposal by the Trump administration. The goal is to encourage able-bodied adults to go to work and get off government aid. But opponents predict people would go hungry instead, if the rule goes into effect.


Sarah Lutte answers Five Questions

March 31, 2019 – By Jessica Lowell, Kennebec Journal – The co-owner of Lazy Acres Farm in Farmingdale talks about the importance of overcoming fear and making solid plans.