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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship through cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Natural Foodie: Homemade baby food offers nutrition, safety, savings
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.
Maine mothers want their babies to have better nutrition, fresher foods with more variety, and less exposure to toxic chemicals like bisphenol A, which is difficult to avoid in commercial baby foods.
Johnny’s donates easement on 29 acres to trust
Kennebec Journal - 2/29/2012.
By Beth Staples – Albion: Benton Field has been forever preserved as a place to grow pumpkins, squash, peppers and tomatoes. Johnny's Selected Seeds donated a 29-acre agricultural conservation easement to Maine Farmland Trust at a ceremony Tuesday morning at Johnny's Research Farm on Foss Hill Road. Erica Buswell of Maine Farmland Trust thanked Johnny's for preserving the land used for plant breeding and seed production.
Organic farmers lament dismissal of lawsuit
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A national group of organic farmers headed by a potato grower from Maine was handed a legal setback Monday when a federal judge sided with agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto in a lawsuit challenging its patents of genetically modified seeds.
Maine stovetop entrepeneurs share and share alliance
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Shannon Bissonnette is living out a food fantasy that a lot of Mainers secretly harbor. Bissonnette was working in the corporate world when she started making jams and jellies at home, using raspberries, apples and blueberries left over from pick-your-own expeditions with her children. She gave her creations away to teachers, family members and friends, who soon begged for more.
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