Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Vegan Kitchen: Common Ground Country Fair is full of beans

September 15, 2019 – By Avery Yale Kamila, Portland Press Herald – By 3 a.m. each day before the Common Ground Country Fair, two volunteers with the Sagadahoc Chapter of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association wake in the chapter’s food booth inside the sprawling fairgrounds in Unity. The fair is still quiet, cool and cloaked in darkness, yet inside the booth the lights are on and it’s time for the Sagadahoc volunteers to make the vegan baked beans.


Monsanto’s Spies

September 14, 2019 – By Paul Thacker, Huffington Post – It was early March when other reporters first noticed Sylvie Barak. About a half a dozen journalists were in a northern California courtroom to cover a third lawsuit alleging that Monsanto’s pesticide glyphosate causes cancer.


How Maine plans to study the debated practice of aerial herbicide spraying of forests

September 14, 2019 – By Anthony Brino, Bangor Daily News – Late summer is the time of year when young spruce and fir tree plantations are treated with herbicides sprayed from helicopters to control competing growth of other trees and shrubs. By August, the needles on spruce and fir trees have hardened off, which gives them a natural resistance to herbicides like glyphosate, the main ingredient in Roundup.


Common insecticide threatens survival of wild, migrating birds

September 13, 2019 – By Brian Bienkowski, Environmental Health News – Migrating songbirds exposed to small amounts of a neonicotinoid pesticide suffered weight loss and migration delays, both of which could reduce their chances of survival, according to a new study.


Canning tomatoes like your grandmother did isn’t a good idea

September 13, 2019 – By Sarah Walker Caron, Bangor Daily News – When the fresh tomatoes from our garden started to pile up in the kitchen recently — brilliant reds and lemony yellows — I set out to make marinara sauce with fresh onions and garlic from the farmers market. I’d freeze some and use the rest immediately.


I tried making mozzarella from scratch. Here’s how it went.

September 12, 2019 – By Sam Schipani, Bangor Daily News – I love mozzarella. I love it melted over hot pizza, doused with olive oil in caprese salad and sprinkled with breadcrumbs in eggplant parmesan. I could eat a hunk of mozzarella like an apple if I weren’t worried about the gastrointestinal ramifications. When it comes to making mozzarella, though, I have been completely ignorant — until now.


Apple expert talks on new book

September 12, 2019 – Village Soup Waldo – On Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at the Belfast Free Library, apple expert John Bunker offers a talk based on his new book titled, “Apples and the Art of Detection: Tracking Down, Identifying and Preserving Rare Apples.”


Aroostook Apple Day to celebrate tree fruit in northern Maine

September 12, 2019 – By Anthony Brino, The County – The Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its third Aroostook Apple Day – a gathering of tree fruit growers and lovers – on Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Unitarian Church in Houlton.

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