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Time for an Intervention with Pesticide Regulators: 60 Years After “Silent Spring,” We Need Systemic Change

by Heather Spalding, MOFGA Deputy Director The past legislative session in Augusta generated some important victories in Maine’s pesticide regulation arena. We banned chlorpyrifos, restricted landscape use of neonicotinoids (neonics), prohibited the use of glyphosate and dicamba on school grounds, and reformed the composition of the Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), establishing that there will

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Spring 2022 Issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

The 2022 spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, MOFGA’s quarterly newspaper, is now available. In it, Roberta Bailey shares wild spring recipes in her Harvest Kitchen column, and Will Bonsall talks tomatoes. Other tips for the farm and homestead include how to identify flower flies — and why you’ll want to encourage

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Farmers and Groups Urge Support for LD 1911

Maine State House, Augusta, ME. Impacted farmers and a coalition of groups held a press conference outside the State House in Augusta today to urge passage of LD 1911– An Act To Prohibit the Contamination of Clean Soils with So-called Forever Chemicals sponsored by Rep. Bill Pluecker of Warren. The bill will ban the application

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The Legacy of PFAS in Agriculture

The chemicals known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continue to come to light as contaminants in agriculture. Maine farms, conventional and organic, are increasingly testing water, soil and crops to determine if PFAS contamination exists. As we wrote in a previous blog post, these forever chemicals persist in the environment decades after they were

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2022 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Released

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently unveiled the 2022 Common Ground Country Fair poster at its annual membership meeting. The artwork for the fair’s promotional materials is selected from contest submissions each year and the winning design is highly anticipated. This year’s artwork by Morgan Cameron is titled “Raven with Blackberries.” A

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PFAS in Maine- What We Know Now

The chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been widely used since the 1950s in products ranging from food packaging to fire fighting foam. PFAS have recently been recognized as contaminants in agriculture and are believed to largely be entering soil through the application of biosolids, industrial sludges and ashes, which may contain

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MOFGA’s Winter Reading List

Are you looking to cozy up with a good book this winter? We’ve taken a look back at the books reviewed for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in 2021 and pulled out a handful of our favorites. For the full reviews, as well as other books we enjoyed this year, visit our blog. “Rebugging

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Report Highlights Lessons from the Pandemic for Maine’s Food System

December 8, 2021 — Today a coalition of groups released a report highlighting lessons learned from the pandemic for Maine’s food system. A collaboration between the Cooperative Development Institute (CDI), Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the report offers a snapshot of how Maine’s food

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