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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Summer Orchard Care
Sat., June 2​4
Redpath Orchard, Cumberland
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50. $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch


Learn tips and tricks to caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the late summer and fall. C.J. Walke, MOFGA's organic orchard educator will be instructing the course and available to answer any questions you may have. Please remember to bring a bag lunch.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic farming boosts farmers markets
ABC News [Australia] - 1/29/2010.
By Simon Santow – In the rich soils of Byron Bay, farmer Alisdair Smithsom grows seasonal fruit and vegetables for local markets, and is helping to grow the local economy at the same time. Farmhand Beck was unemployed when she moved to the area, and found the best way to eat organic food was to volunteer on an organic farm for one day a week in exchange for a box of vegies. "A year and a half later, I'm living on the farm, working on the farm, and it's fantastic," she said.
Six Meaningless Claims on Food Labels
The New York Times - 1/28/2010.
By Tara Parker-Pope – Although food labels are supposed to tell us exactly what’s in the food we’re buying, marketers have created a language all their own to make foods sound more healthful than they really are. Today’s “Consumer Ally” column on AOL’s WalletPop site explores misleading food-label lingo, noting that some commonly used phrases have “almost no meaning.”
Organic or conventional, farmers are working in unison
Kennebec Journal - 1/26/2010.
Op-Ed by Jon Olson, Maine Farm Bureau – Maine agriculture is on a roll. While the number of farms in the United States is declining, the number of Maine farms is growing. The last U.S. Department of Agriculture census counted 8,136 Maine farms in 2007. That's a gain of over 2,000 farms in the last 10 years. Farmers markets are increasingly popular and more and more people are signing up to buy directly from farmers through CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture).
And the winner of the USDA food safety sweepstakes is …
Grist - 1/26/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Dr. Elizabeth Hagen! No, you’re not expected to know who she is. Suffice it to say that, as anticipated, USDA Chief Tom Vilsack turned to an under-the-radar choice for Under Secretary of Food Safety. Hagen, currently the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer, will, if confirmed, take charge of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is responsible for the safety of meat and poultry products. The interesting aspect of this pick is that she is an infectious disease doc and public health specialist who has been working at USDA for several years – and thus should have a good grounding in food safety methods.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

June 21 - Organic Livestock Management

June 24 - Summer Orchard Care

June 28 - Sticking to the Plan

June 28 - Mushroom Cultivation

July 6 - Medicinal Herbs

July 12 - New Tools for New Farmers: Marketing and Social Media

July 20 - High Tunnel Construction

July 25 - How to Establish and Manage Alfalfa in Rotation

July 27 - Weed Management

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 24 - Cover Crop Demo

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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