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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Apple Trees
Sat., March 17
Four locations:
• Harpswell
• Bethel
• Mount Desert
• Swanville
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Do you have any old trees on your land that you would like to bring back into production? Attend this workshop and learn to renovate and upkeep your heritage trees. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws and a bag lunch.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The case for gardening as a means to curb climate change
The Atlantic - 10/25/2011.
By Sandra Steingraber – I am quite possibly the world's worst gardener. I would like to blame my yard for this. It's full of shade, and the shade comes from walnut trees, which, as any gardener worth her salt can tell you, exude from their roots a substance called juglone, whose job it is to take out the competition by wilting the neighbors. So, my garden now has raised beds.
Chef Sam Hayward wins national award
Portland Press Herald - 10/25/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: Chef Sam Hayward of Fore Street won a national award in New Orleans Monday night recognizing his commitment to promoting local, sustainable foods in the culinary world.
Pingree unveils bill to benefit tens of thousands of local farmers
Portland Press Herald - 10/25/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind – Washington: U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree says her bill to revamp national agricultural policies marries the desire for healthy food to the need to boost the economy. The Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act includes provisions that address a range of issues, such as building slaughterhouses to process food locally and developing crop insurance programs to enable organic farmers to better reach consumers.
Study hints of BPA, girls’ behavior link
Kennebec Journal - 10/25/2011.
By Lindsey Tanner – Chicago: Exposure to the chemical bisphenol-A before birth could affect girls' behavior at age 3, according to the latest study on potential health effects of the compound used in the manufacturing of some plastic drink bottles and food can linings. Preschool-aged girls whose mothers had relatively high urine levels of BPA during pregnancy scored worse but still within a normal range on behavior measures including anxiety and hyperactivity than other young girls.
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