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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient
Los Angeles Times - 4/27/2012.
By Amina Khan – Organic agriculture generally comes at a cost of smaller harvests compared with conventional agriculture, but that gap can be narrowed with careful selection of crop type, growing conditions and management techniques, according a new study.
Crop yields are only part of the organic vs. conventional farming debate
U.S. Food Policy - 4/27/2012.
By Parke Wilde – The journal Nature recently had an interesting meta-analysis – or quantitative literature review – about yields from organic agriculture. The accompanying summary says, "conventional agriculture gives higher yields under most situations." This is probably true. Yet, even environmentalists are overreacting to the study.
Change steers students to healthier food choices
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – There will be fewer cupcakes and a greater variety of healthful foods served at Portland schools next fall thanks to new food rules adopted by the Board of Education on Tuesday. Under the new rules, all food served at the schools or by school-affiliated organizations must meet nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agricuture's Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.
Organic seed outfits see warming trend
Portland Press Herald - 4/25/2012.
By Avery Yale – When it comes to the economy, prognosticators would do well to forgo tea leaves and instead look to vegetable seeds. Not only are they a sign of spring, their sales can reflect larger financial trends. Maine is home to five certified organic seed companies, and some are seeing signs of economic recovery in this season's sales. "I think people were more comfortable economically this year," said Gene Frey, who works at Fedco Seeds in Clinton. He came to this conclusion after watching sales of trees and perennials shoot up this year.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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