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CSA Fairs Today!

Did you know that Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fairs are happening in Maine today? CSA Fairs are an opportunity to meet your local farmers, shop for a CSA share at a farm near you and celebrate local agriculture in Maine. Today's CSA Fairs are in Bangor, Belfast and Hallowell. More information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Younity more than winery to owners
Kennebec Journal - 11/28/2011.
By Beth Staples – Unity: When life gives people lemons, some make lemonade. When life gives Clem Blakney sour grapes, or Prairie Star, Niagara, La Crosse, Mars or Reliance grapes, he makes wine.
French court cancels ban on Monsanto GMO maize
Reuters - 11/28/2011.
France's highest court on Monday overturned a ban on the growth and use in France of a genetically modified (GM) maize developed by U.S. biotech company Monsanto, saying the farm ministry lacked the authority to impose the measure.
How a “Turkey Asteroid” represents the consolidation of food in the U.S.
Treehugger - 11/28/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – Consolidation of the food industry is not exactly a breaking new trend, but it is an important one with significant (negative) implications for public health, the power of the individual consumer, and the safety of the nation's food supply.
Maine land trust effort still strong
Kennebec Journal - 11/26/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – All 99 Maine land trusts took part in a nationwide census that found 10 million new acres of land has been conserved since 2005, despite a down economy. The 2010 Land Trust Alliance Census said endowments to ensure that land remains protected at local and state levels more than doubled, and operating endowments – an indicator of the staying power of these organizations – almost tripled.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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