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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
Garish, chancy, new … bring it on, Avent says
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/19/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Opinionated people expand your horizons. You don't have to agree with their opinions, but you at least have to think about what they say, and sometimes that will open your horizons. Tony Avent, founder and owner of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina, loves bright and gaudy plants, loves to push the hardiness zones – the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture revision backs him up on that – and likes to bring new plants to the market.
Grange project may be boon for area farmers
Kennebec Journal - 2/18/2012.
By David Robinson – Farmington: Peter Beane has a great idea for selling salad dressing, vegetarian soy burgers and other popular health food treats made from tofu. Like so many other aspiring food entrepreneurs, however, he has never been able to turn his great idea into a successful business. Beane, 57, has money to invest in the new venture but can't afford the thousands of dollars it takes to build a commercial kitchen. That's where the Farmington Grange Hall comes in.
Obama’s budget axes bacteria testing for fruits and vegetables
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2012.
By Garance Burke (AP) – San Francisco: President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would eliminate the nation’s only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.
Tree hay-the answer to farming’s prayers?
Farming Online (UK) - 2/18/2012.
Conventional farming around the world is facing a crisis. The consolidation of power in the hands of a few transnational companies, reliance on finite chemical inputs and fragility in the face of climate change have led to calls for an end to “business as usual” and an increase in innovative environmental practices.
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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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