Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Long thought to be extirpated Unicorn Root found

August 20, 2018 – Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – This summer the Maine Natural Areas Program documented the rare Unicorn Root! About 300 flowering stems were found in a damp field on privately held land in Bowdoin. This showy plant has not been seen in Maine in over 130 years and was thought to be extirpated. It is known from only three herbarium specimens, two of which were collected by Maine botanist Kate Furbish (Wells in 1879, Brunswick in 1874), and the third from near Lewiston in 1887.

Farm Bureau continues fight to stop WOTUS implementation

August 20, 2018 – By Carol Ryan Dumas, Capital Press – The American Farm Bureau and a coalition of businesses plan to appeal a South Carolina court ruling that reinstates the WOTUS [Waters of the U.S.] rule in 26 states.

Western U.S. drought taking its toll on farmers' crops and cattle

August 19, 2018 – By Karen Graham, Digital Journal – Over half the western U.S. is currently experiencing some level of drought, reports the U.S. Drought Monitor. Sparsely populated areas in Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, in particular, are grappling with dry conditions of historic proportions.

In the Trenches: Organic produce still has challenges to overcome

August 17, 2018 – By Ron Pelger, The Produce News – The produce industry has been moving forward at a rapid pace in the past several years. Extensive progress has been skillfully accomplished in several prime categories, especially in the fresh organic produce arena.

Home & Garden: Meet Me at the Fair

August 16, 2018 – By Georgeanne Davis, The Free Press – Maine has many agricultural fairs, as well as the absolutely unique Common Ground Country Fair in Unity. Common Ground remains in a category all its own, sponsored since 1977 by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

DDT linked to an increase in autism risk in new study

August 16, 2018 – By Heather Mongilio, Environmental Health News – Columbia University Medical Center researchers found that mothers with higher exposure to the banned pesticide had an increased risk of a child developing autism.

Community Development and the Commons

August 16, 2018 – By Chris Tittle, Resilience – The commons offers a framework and a process for effectively and equitably stewarding the resources communities need to live in dignity.