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- Michael Pollan
    

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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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The Partridge Challenge
In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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MOFGA Strategic Planning Effort
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To maximize our relevance and effectiveness in a time of changing food systems and changing attitudes, we invite you to participate in one or more meetings, held from August 3 to 6, at the Good Will-Hinckley School in Fairfield, Maine.
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Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm
in Waldoboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm in Waldoboro. Barbara grows a variety of MOFGA-certified organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, including the raspberries shown here earlier this season. (Now the clamshell would be full!) Her products are offered at a number of local restaurants, at her farmstand on Duckpuddle Road, and at the Waldoboro and Westbrook farmers’ markets. Visit her website and her Facebook page to learn more. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Supporting local farms starts in early spring
Bangor Daily News - 2/29/2012.
By Aislinn Sarnacki – Money was tight for the owners of Peacemeal Farm in Dixmont a few springs ago. Owners Mark Guzzi and Marcia Ferry were worried they couldn’t afford the supplies they needed for a successful growing season. So they turned to their longtime customers and offered them a deal – money for discounted vegetables. Thus, they joined Maine’s rapidly growing CSA community.
The State of the Chicken
The Atlantic - 2/29/2012.
By Ari LeVaux – The age-old debate over which comes first seems close to being resolved in favor of the chicken. After years of hens being treated as little more than egg-dispensers, concern is growing for the well-being of the layers themselves.
Yet another look at winter grazing
The Contrary Farmer - 2/29/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – Over the years I have become very intrigued with the idea of grazing livestock year-round in the north, even though I have found as many negative things to say about the idea as positive. My thinking has been that wild cud-chewers and horses make it through winter just fine unless they become over-populated, so why not cows and sheep?
Environmental obesogens make children and adults fat
Institute for Science in Society - 2/29/2012.
By Joe Cummins – Metabolic diseases and obesity are on the increase over the last decades. In France, the proportion of population overweight or obese rose 12 % between 1997 and 2003. In the United States, the prevalence of obesity was 32.2% among adult men and 35.5% among adult women in 2007-2008; and obesity in adolescence was significantly associated with increased risk of severe obesity in adulthood. In 2011, a national study of infants and toddlers in the US found that nearly one-third were overweight or obese at 9 months and 2 years of age.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

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