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Jason Kafka at the Agricultural Trades Show

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jason Kafka who, with his wife, Barbara, farms MOFGA-certified organic Checkerberry Farm in Parkman. The Kafkas raise vegetables, herbs, flowers and seedlings, which they sell to vendors at the Common Ground Country Fair, Royal River Natural Foods, Barrels Community Market, Wood Prairie Farm, Wolf Pine Farm, other farms, Northern Girl, Crown O' Maine, Farm Fresh Connection, Whole Foods Market, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Fedco Seeds. Their expertise from more than two decades of organic farming and marketing in Maine often inform and entertain our farming workshops. Jason was also a member-at-large of MOFGA's board, during which time "I did enjoy 12 years of board meeting potlucks," he says. Jason is shown here at the MOFGA booth at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
A critical mass for real food
Yes! - 8/6/2012.
By Anim Steel – A doorway in West Africa's Elmina Fort is a Door of No Return. It is the last part of Africa you would touch if you were a slave being led from the dungeon to a waiting ship. I stood in front of this door a few years ago while visiting my family in Ghana. This door represents many things. It represents our capacity for cruelty – as well as resilience. It also represents the beginning of our modern food system.
Trimming, weeding, cutting – getting ready for the Backyard Locavore Tour
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/5/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Our garden is part of the of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Backyard Locavore Day next weekend – Saturday if it doesn't rain hard; Aug. 12 if it does. It all began in February when Diana Hibbard, a home horticulture coordinator with the extension, sent me an email thanking me for writing about extension projects in the past.
Private toll road across Maine is proposed
The New York Times - 8/4/2012.
By Katherine Q. Seelye – The problem in Maine is that most of its major roads run north-south. Very few run east-west, which makes traversing the state one long, slow slog. Peter Vigue, the chairman and chief executive of the Cianbro Corporation, a large engineering and construction company based in Maine, is hoping to change that. He has proposed a $2 billion private toll road running 220 miles across the state.
Aroostook livestock growers express need for USDA facility in the county
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2012.
By Natalie Bazinet, Aroostook Republican & News – If Aroostook potato farmers had to ship every spud 400 miles to get a necessary pre-sale stamp of approval, there’d probably be a lot less growers in the region. In order for cattle farmers to be able to sell their product to grocery chains, such as Hannaford, they have to first get that United States Department of Agriculture stamp on every side of beef — which means trucking the steer hundreds of miles south.
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