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Bob Sewall and helper Kristy Kinney at the Common Ground Country Fair.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bob Sewall of Sewall Orchard. Maine’s oldest certified organic orchard still in operation sits on the side of Levensellar Mountain in Lincolnville with sweeping views of the lakes, the Camden hills and the ocean beyond. Bob prepared his soils for two years and then planted organically using the Rodale method. He was a MOFGA board member for 14 years and is a former MOFGA president. Sewall and his wife, Mia Mantello, sell apples, apple cider and apple cider vinegar at the farm, at the Common Ground Country Fair and at Maine cooperatives and restaurants. Their vinegar won “Best of Maine” in Down East magazine (2008) and is widely used by local herbalists and chefs.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farm Bill limbo leaves Maine businesses in lurch
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/30/2012.
By Ben McCanna – A partisan stalemate in Washington, D.C., has left one of Maine's largest industries in limbo. Jon Olson, executive secretary of the Maine Farm Bureau said the holdup in Congress affects all Maine farmers, but dairy farmers are in the worst spot.
Climate change may boost state’s cranberry take
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/30/2012.
By North Cairn – Maine's cranberry harvest is up this year, and warmer weather brought on by climate change might be one reason. Charlie Armstrong, a cranberry specialist with the Cooperative Extension at the University of Maine in Orono, said the warming weather since the mid-19th century – an average 1.5 to 2 degrees F. globally – may be a harbinger of changes to come for agriculture across the state.
Climate change takes a bite out of global food supply
Inter Press Service - 9/29/2012.
By Stephen Leahy – Monterey, CA: Humanity’s ability to feed itself is in serious doubt as climate change takes hold on land in the form of droughts and extreme weather. Less well known is that emissions from burning oil, coal and gas are both heating up the oceans and making them more acidic. That is reducing the amount of seafood that can be caught, according to a new report released here.
Pricing, record high costs for feed threaten to sink Maine’s dairy farms
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2012.
By Whit Richardson – A series of colliding factors, including the weather, grain speculation and antiquated federal policies, have sent Maine’s dairy farmers spinning into one of the most dire situations in recent memory.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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