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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship though cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables
Modern Farmer - 1/15/2015.
By Dan Sosowitz - A survey of thousands of elementary-school kids came up with a simple way to get kids to eat their fruits and vegetables, one that doesn't require any costly changes to the menu or even any extra education to teach kids the value of produce. Turns out, all the kids needed was a bit of exercise.
Maine aquaculture industry is snagging investors
Portland Press Herald - 1/15/2015.
By Tom Bell - Maine’s growing aquaculture industry has matured to the point where fish farms are finding it easier to get loans from commercial lenders and are attracting capital from private equity investors, according to industry leaders and financial experts.
Our View: Toxin ruling should put Maine kids’ interests first
CentralMaine.com - 1/15/2015.
By The Editorial Board - In about two weeks, Maine environmental regulators will have to decide whether they’ll require manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain phthalates: chemicals linked to serious health problems in kids that are in everything from lunch boxes and backpacks to shampoo and shower curtains.
Toxic Chemicals in Oil and Gas Drilling Waste: The List Grows Longer
Environmental Working Group - 1/15/2015.
By Elaine Shannon - New tests of wastewater discharged from oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania and West Virginia show that water tainted with high levels of toxic chemicals is ending up in rivers and streams.
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