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CSA Fairs Are Coming Up!

Did you know that five Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs are happening in Maine in late February and early March? CSA Fairs are an opportunity to meet your local farmers, shop for a CSA share at a farm near you and celebrate local agriculture in Maine. This year's CSA Fairs are in Portland, Bangor, Belfast, Augusta and Hallowell. More information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
GMOs – The Compelling Research
Seeds of Doubt Conference - 10/6/2012.
Videos of renowned experts, including Jeffrey Smith, Don Huber and Gilles-Eric Seralini, presenting the latest research behind the detrimental effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods and their impact on our health and environment.
Parasitic flies to be deployed in Harpswell to kill invasive moths
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2012.
By Dylan Martin – Harpswell: Next spring, armies of parasitic flies will lay siege on the winter moth, an invasive species that threatens the town’s forests. State entomologist Charlene Donahue said this is one of the efforts the Maine Forest Service is taking to control the winter moth population, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts.
Messalonskee dam owner faces penalty for toxic spray
Kennebec Journal - 10/5/2012.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Oakland: The company that owns Messalonskee Dam will face a penalty from the state after an employee was caught spraying a toxic weed killer in and around the water. The amount of the herbicide Durazone sprayed Aug. 3 by an employee of Essex Hydro Associates was small, according to Maine's Board of Pesticides Control. Durazone in large amounts can cause severe effects in humans and animals.
A word on efficiency (and productivity and sustainability)
Homegrown Life - 10/4/2012.
By Bryce Oates – In reflecting on my experiences and a return to living and working on the family farm where I grew up, I am haunted by the concepts of efficiency, of productivity, of sustainability. Industrial agriculture would have you believe that “modern agriculture,” as they call it, is the only way to feed the world.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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