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Put Your Hoe Down – A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m., at Topsham Grange, Topsham
Vermont Dance Caller Will Mentor and Old Time Fiddle Tunes by Sassafras Stomp

This is a celebration for all the alumni of MOFGA's farm apprenticeship program, for apprentice host farms and for current and future apprentices!

All are welcome to join the fun! Sliding scale admission $5-$20, to benefit MOFGA's new farmer programs.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Scientists untangle multiple causes of bee colony disorder
Environmental News Service - 7/29/2009.
Pullman, Washington: A microscopic pathogen and pesticides embedded in old honeycombs are two major contributors to the bee disease known as colony collapse disorder, which has wiped out thousands of beehives throughout the United States and Europe over the past three years, new research at Washington State University has confirmed.
Maine’s wild blueberry crop imperiled by leaf spot fungus
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Trescott, Maine: With fog swirling around her, Seanna Annis, a blueberry pathologist at the University of Maine, scanned the low bushes along a gravel road through the blueberry fields Sunday evening. She stopped, brought out a magnifying lens and pinched a leaf from a plant. “Yes,” she said, seconds after examining the spotted leaf. With that, the farmer knew his field was lost. Even though the plants are lush with fat blueberries just days from harvest, they must be burned.
Northeast Tomatoes Lost, and Potatoes May Follow
The New York Times - 7/28/2009.
By Julia Moskin – Ripe local tomatoes, keenly anticipated by growers and cooks, will be missing from many markets, farm stands and farm shares this summer. Although there are no official estimates yet on crop loss, a severe outbreak of late blight fungus in tomatoes, first noted in June, is sweeping through farms and gardens in the Northeast. John Mishanec, an educator with the integrated pest management program at Cornell University, compared the highly contagious and incurable disease to a “nuclear explosion” in the region’s tomato crop. “And unless the weather changes, it’s going to get worse,” he said.
Nature is the cure at County farm
Bangor Daily News - 7/27/2009.
By Julia Bayly – WADE, Maine: Natalia Bragg has six generations’ worth of herbal and natural healing lore burning a hole in her soul to get out. She shared a fraction of that knowledge Sunday with members of the public who visited her Knot-II-Bragg Farm as part of Maine’s Open Farm Day. “We farmers are disappearing,” Bragg said during a break in a tour of her lush herb gardens. “To keep us from disappearing we need to become evident.”
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July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27 - Farms & Gardens to Visit

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

July 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals

July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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