Category: International

New England Farmers Visit Viskinge Farm and Mejnerts Mill in Denmark

Jim Gerritsen (right) talks to Niels Mejnertsen about his organic mill in Denmark. Photo courtesy of Wood Prairie Farm. By Jim and Megan Gerritsen, Wood Prairie Farm, Bridgewater, Maine Last October, 22 farmers, millers and researchers from Maine and Vermont traveled to Denmark to learn about local organic wheat production, processing, marketing and baking. The

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Bhopal Revisited

Bhopal Update: April 20, 2000 By Terry Allan Remember Bhopal? The site of the worst chemical industrial disaster in history? I will never forget it. The tragedy of Bhopal put me on a path of questioning our agricultural systems that dramatically changed my world view and led to my decision to become an organic farmer.

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Optimism in El Salvador

Corn is an important part of the heritage of Central America and appears in art throughout the country. English photo. Report of MOFGA’s 2010 delegation to its sistering organizations The rugged mountains of El Salvador are great for growing organic crops – especially perennial crops – but should not be subjected to mining for gold,

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Namibia

When York County Extension Educator Frank Wertheim was in Namibia on sabbatical, he learned about a “bucket irrigation kit” from Chapin Watermatics that worked well in that dry environment and should be useful for Maine gardeners as well. In the photo above right, Wertheim and community members lay drip lines in the garden beds. Left:

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El Salvador

Salvador Cruz understands the importance of maintaining soil fertility organically. Photo courtesy of Karen and Paul Volckhausen. Pineapple plants are good perennials for a permaculture-based farm because they help hold the soil and produce a crop in the second year. Photo courtesy of Karen and Paul Volckhausen. Papaya is one of the crops that thrives

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Prince Charles Royal Patron for Sustainability

Entrance to Duchy Home Farm, the organic farm of HRH Prince Charles. Robert Taylor photo. Farm manager David Wilson and the author in the Veg Shed at the Duchy Home Farm. Robert Taylor photo. David Wilson checks an apple tree planted between rows of vegetables. Prince Charles agreed to take responsibility for 1,000 of some

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El Salvador

In Carasque, El Salvador, grower Betto Ayala peels a pineapple while his animals enjoy the rind. A delegation of farmers and activists from MOFGA’s “sister” groups in El Salvador will come to Maine in September and participate in the Common Ground Country Fair. Photo by Lucy Funkhouser. The El Salvador delegation By Lucy Funkhouser In

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Satoyama

In early May, the paddies are ready for rice planting in a satoyama region of Chita Peninsula. Photo by Kato Sadamichi. By Kato Sadamichi and Allison Wallace Imagine for a moment that the Europeans never arrived in the Americas – that the Vikings never stumbled upon the Atlantic’s western shore, and those three little ships

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Seikyou

Mr. Seishou Oshiro (left), Mrs. Tomiko Oshiro, Allison Wallace (right) in the Oshiros’ okra field in Tamagusku Village, Okinawa, Japan. Photo courtesy of Allison Wallace. By Allison Wallace When I traveled to Japan last spring to begin a five-month Fulbright stint, I knew my grant was for lecturing rather than research, and that the time

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Organic Agriculture

Cornerstone for Regional Development and Nature Conservation By Jean English Hardy Vogtman, Deputy Minister for the Environment for Germany, is optimistic about the future of nature conservation and organic agriculture in his country. In the last election, the Greens increased their votes by 25%, so they have more input now; and three Ministers are Greens.

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