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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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Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Photo: Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Buy-local campaigns taking root
Kennebec Journal - 5/30/2010.
Dani Nisbet has a very simple explanation for why she helped form a “buy local” group in South Portland this year. When she shops at a chain store, she said, a big chunk of her money goes elsewhere. The people who get that money “don’t come back and shop in our community,” Nisbet said. That premise is behind a growing number of groups that advocate buying local in Maine and nationally.
Food industry defends use of salt
Boston Globe - 5/30/2010.
By Michael Moss – New York: With salt under attack for its ill effects on the nation’s health, the food company Cargill kicked off a campaign last November to spread its own message. “Salt is a pretty amazing compound,’’ Alton Brown, a Food Network star, gushes in a Cargill video called Salt 101.
Frost takes toll on apples
Portland Press Herald - 5/29/2010.
By John Richardson – Cumberland: Some Maine apple orchards have lost virtually their entire crops two weeks after being hit by a killer frost. Although many blossoms and early apples appeared to have survived the freeze that began the morning of May 10, they are now wilting and falling to the ground in huge numbers. "I would say 90 percent of our crop is a loss, maybe 95," said Greg Sweetser, whose family owns Sweetser's Apple Barrel and Orchards in Cumberland. "Basically, we're devastated. Wiped out."
Alewives surge in Benton
Kennebec Journal - 5/29/2010.
Benton: Call it an alewife comeback. Earlier this month, a drastically smaller harvest of the fish from the Sebasticook River seemed to point to a short and less successful venture this year for fishermen and the town of Benton. With warmer water temperatures, however, has come a surge in alewives at the Benton Falls Hydro Dam that has led to a modest, if late, boost.
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August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

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