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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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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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Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Why is genetically modified bluegrass exempt from Federal regulation?
Treehugger - 7/8/2011.
By Matthew McDermott – In the head scratcher of the week, New York Times reports that the US Department of Agriculture has decided that genetically modified bluegrass developed by Scotts Miracle-Gro can be sold without any federal oversight. The grass seed, intended for lawns, has been modified to be resistant to the popular herbicide Roundup.
That Perfect Florida Tomato, Cultivated for Bland Uniformity
The New York Times - 7/7/2011.
Review of Barry Estabrook's book, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.To get a successful tomato crop in Florida, growers pump the soil full of chemical fertilizers and can blast the plants with more than 100 different herbicides and pesticides, including some of the most toxic in agribusiness’s arsenal. Migrant workers are coated with these chemicals too. The toll that’s taken on them, in the form of birth defects, cancer and other ailments, is hideous to observe and should fill those who eat Florida tomatoes with shame.
In Maine, eating local just keeps getting easier
Portland Press Herald - 7/7/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Stephanie Hedlund scoured the Portland Farmers Market in Monument Square on Wednesday, looking for just the right vegetables to put in a tamale casserole she was thinking about making for her clients. Hedlund's new business is called Clara Burke Kitchen. She prepares meals made with local, seasonal products from Maine farms and delivers them right to her clients' doorsteps.
Island oasis serves as sustainable system of food production
Portland Press Herald - 7/6/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – If you've ordered a salad at the Cockeyed Gull on Peaks Island this summer, there's a good chance you've eaten lettuce grown at the Island Micro Farm. Located on the back side of Peaks Island, the farm is a new enterprise created by resident Mark Shain, following a permaculture model.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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