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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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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is partnering with the Portland Museum of Art for a series of events about the farm-to-table experience in Maine.

May 2
Meet & Greet with Ted Quaday, MOFGA's new Executive Director

Friday, 5:30 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
MOFGA and its mission – brief talk and slide show, followed by a light reception.

May 10
From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard

Saturday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
A program on preserving Maine's heritage apples with apple expert John Bunker, including information on the new Maine Heritage Orchard, MOFGA’s 10-acre terraced orchard in the making, protecting over 500 apple and pear varieties traditionally grown on small Maine farms.

May 18
Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods

Sunday, 2 p.m., 7 Congress St., Portland
Screening of Symphony of the Soil, a film by Deborah Koons Garcia, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Eliot Coleman, Barbara Damrosch and local restaurateur Leslie Oster of Aurora Provisions.

All events are at the Portland Museum of Art and cost $10 (free for MOFGA and PMA members). Reservations are strongly recommended; visit portlandmuseum.org or call the PMA at (207) 775-6148 to reserve your space.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Eaters must become more political – we can’t just vote with our forks
Alternet - 2/14/2011.
By Wenonah Hauter – As the popular face of the Obama administration’s advocacy for healthy, nutritious food, Michelle Obama has side-stepped several critical consumer food issues like organics, genetically engineered food, fair markets for farmers and ranchers, and local and regional food economies.
Kid-Safe law under attack
Bangor Daily News - 2/14/2011.
By Hannah Pingree – In the spring of 2009, The Washington Post uncovered details of a brainstorming meeting of “industry insiders” at a Washington, D.C., club about how to best tamp down public concern over the chemical bisphenol-A, known as BPA. The insiders were particularly concerned about mothers, who were becoming more and more aware of the dangers of BPA.
Animal welfare debate fires up in Germany
Treehugger - 2/13/2011.
By Christine Lepisto – The question of animal welfare shot straight into consumer awareness with the recent dioxin-contaminated egg scandal in Germany. Now, Germany's Agricultural Minister, Ilse Aigner, has proposed no less than an end to practices such as caging of laying chickens, branding of horses and cattle, and castration of piglets without anesthesia.
Looking for a new blueberry? Think pink
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/13/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been putting together our orders for spring planting this year. Some of the items we are trying are just for curiosity. One of the big curiosity plants is "Pink Lemonade" blueberry, which showed up for the first time in a number of catalogs.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 2 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop

May 4 - Maine Highlands MOFGA Chapter Celebration and Kick-Off

May 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA

May 10 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 17-18 - Introduction to Chainsaw Safety for Women

May 18 - Ripe For Discussion – Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art


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