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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Access to Good Food as Preventive Medicine
The Atlantic - 4/7/2014.
By Erin N. Marcus - According to a new study, nearly one in three U.S. adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both. That doesn't have to be the case.
Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs
RT - 4/7/2014.
Monsanto and five other top agrochemical companies have donated a combined $455,000 to defeat an Oregon county ballot initiative that would restrict the growth of genetically-modified crops in area farms.
"Ag-gag" laws: Why Animal Welfare is a Food Safety Concern
Center for Food Safety - 4/7/2014.
By Paige M. Tomaselli - In March, Center for Food Safety, along with a coalition of animal protection, labor rights, and environmental groups, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s new “ag-gag” statute, which was signed into law on February 28, 2014. The statute criminalizes whistle-blowing activities on factory farms and slaughterhouses, including audio and video recordings of animal welfare violations without the farm owner’s permission. Anyone convicted of this conduct can face up to a year in prison or a $5,000 fine.
Experience helps restaurant managers stick with local foods
Penn State News - 4/7/2014.
By Matt Swayne - Restaurant chefs and food purchasing managers who bought local foods before are more likely to continue to do so. The amount of time a local farmer or producer took to respond and process an order was more important than how long it took to receive the goods. Food purchasers said they would not stock local food just because it is local; it must have a unique selling point – such as an apple variety that is especially good for pies. Labels should be accurate and easy to read, containing specifications including weight, date and product details.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 2 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

May 2 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop

May 4 - Maine Highlands MOFGA Chapter Celebration and Kick-Off

May 10 - Memorial for Joe Dupere at MOFGA

May 10 - Ripe For Discussion – From Seed to Fruition: Maine's Heritage Orchard: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art

May 17-18 - Introduction to Chainsaw Safety for Women

May 18 - Ripe For Discussion – Healthy Soil, Healthy Foods: A Farm-To-Table Series from MOFGA and the Portland Museum of Art


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