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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Taking account of environment of bees to better evaluate insecticide-related risks
Science Daily - 7/10/2014.
INRA-France - A study coordinated by INRA and involving ACTA, CNRS and ITSAP-Institut de l'Abeille, has shown that the level of sensitivity of bees to the adverse effects of pesticides varies as a function of environmental conditions. The scientists observed that a neonicotinoid insecticide disturbed their ability to find their bearings, particularly in a complex landscape and under unfavourable weather conditions. These findings are published in the journal Nature Communications on 10 July 2014.
Maine Agriculture is “Up” in More Ways than One
USDA - 7/10/2014.
By Gary Keough - When examining the status of Maine’s agriculture using statistics derived from the 2012 Census of Agriculture, the words “up” and “increase” appear quite often. Our state’s agriculture and farm-related demographics are growing and diversifying each year.
Lawmakers Push To Protect Consumers From Toxic BPA
Environmental Working Group - 7/9/2014.
Washington, D.C. - Several members of Congress are pushing a bill to better protect consumers – particularly the elderly, pregnant women children, and workers – from a known toxic hormone disruptor bisphenol-A, or BPA. Introduced today by Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the Ban Poisonous Additives Act of 2014 would ban BPA from food and beverage containers.
Climate Change Presents Maine Farmers With New Challenges
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/9/2014.
By Jennifer Mitchell - It's sometimes said that farmers must be both gamblers and fortune tellers in order to be profitable: They need to take risks, try new things and stay ahead of market trends. While Maine is known for its reliable, frost-hardy crops, climate change may have its own hand to play.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27 - Farms & Gardens to Visit

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

July 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals

July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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