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Grafting Fruit Trees

Sat., April 7
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Sat., April 28
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors Jennifer Ries of Whiffletree Nursery and Anne Hallee of Rising Up Farm in the Unity workshop, and C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchard Educator in the Bar Harbor workshop,​ will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for Whip & Tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. More details on the registration link below.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Chemicals in lavender and tea tree oil appear to be hormone disruptors
MedicalXpress - 3/17/2018.
By The Endocrine Society - A new study lends further evidence to a suspected link between abnormal breast growth in young boys – called prepubertal gynecomastia – and regular exposure to lavender or tea tree oil, by finding that key chemicals in these common plant-derived oils act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The study results will be presented Monday at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society's 100th annual meeting in Chicago.
Why do taxpayers subsidize rich farmers?
The Washington Post - 3/15/2018.
By Tamar Haspel - Every year, when the data on which farms get which money come out, there are headlines like this, from Bloomberg: “Taxpayers turn US farmers into fat cats with subsidies.” And, every year, there are charts showing that very large farmers – as measured by production – get very big subsidies. There’s no question there.
NOFA Speaker: Organic Grain Fraud ‘Rampant’
Lancaster Farming - 3/15/2018.
By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant - Organic fraud cost U.S. farmers $400 million in 2015, according to John Bobbe, executive director of the Organic Farmers’ Agency for Relationship Marketing.
USDA Launches Assault on National Organic Program
The Free Press - 3/15/2018.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is dismayed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to abolish the federal Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP), which was published more than a year ago on January 20, 2017. USDA delayed implementation of the rule and, on Monday, ignored more than 63,000 comments from farmers and consumers who wanted swift implementation of the standards. Instead, the Administration sided with 50 commenters who opposed the rule.
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