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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio
Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
In Europe, Monsanto Backing Away From GMO Crops
Reuters - 5/31/2013.
Monsanto Co is not pushing for expansion of genetically modified crops in most of Europe as opposition to its biotech seeds in many countries remains high, company officials said on Friday.
France aims to double organic farmland by 2017
Reuters - 5/31/2013.
By Gus Trompiz - France wants to double the area of farmland devoted to organic agriculture by 2017 to meet growing consumer demand through local production, the country's farm minister said.
Monsanto's 'Genetic Pollution' Threatens US Wheat Industry
Common Dreams - 5/31/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - The U.S. wheat industry is reaping the swift global repercussions of the genetic pollution caused by Monsanto's rogue glyphosate-resistant wheat on an Oregon farm. "This will have an impact worldwide, because our trading partners do not want genetically modified wheat," Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union, told Bloomberg.
Chinese Smithfield takeover comes with added warnings for US food safety
The Guardian [UK] - 5/31/2013.
By Dominic Rushe - The US is increasingly reliant on food from China – but the takeover of America's largest pork producer by the Chinese meat giant Shuanghui has many food safety experts worried.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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