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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organics important for well-being of animals
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2008.
The organic bandwagon had been cruising several years before my sister and I hopped aboard. "I don't want all those pesticides in my body," complained my 17-year-old sister one day. "They could give me cancer." Perhaps so, but carcinophobia wasn't why I ate organic.
Mead: a now kind of drink
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2008.
A local duo's modern take on the ancient beverage is a surprisingly dry white wine made from Maine honey. Maine Mead Works moved into an industrial space on Anderson Street in November 2007, but the sleek-looking bottles of its signature HoneyMaker Mead did not start hitting local store shelves until the week before Thanksgiving.
Tick-born diseases may spread faster with global warming
Treehugger - 12/31/2008.
While some studies say global warming is not to blame for an upswing in tick-borne disease occurances, a new experiment shows that warmer temperatures are indeed a problem when it comes to ticks turning towards humans for lunch.
California organic ag’s fertilizer-gate
Grist - 12/29/2008.
California regulators delayed action while fertilizer company duped organic farmers. For years, a California organic-input company was passing off synthetic fertilizer as organic and selling it widely to the state's organic farms (including nationally distributed giants like Earthbound Farms).
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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