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The 2015 Fair Posters are Here!

This year's Fair poster is available for $10 (plus $4 postage). Order online or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

The 2015 Fair poster portrays a goat chewing on a green manure crop with a native pollinator in the background. The artist, Arika von Edler, has been working on organic farms in Maine for 10 years and is currently in San Francisco working on her master’s degree. Her art highlights land stewardship through cover cropping, rotational grazing of livestock and supporting native pollinators. These topics and more will be featured at this year’s Fair on September 25, 26 and 27.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
US farmers may face crackdown on pesticide use
Common Dreams - 7/25/2010.
By Les Blumenthal (McClatchy Newspapers) – Washington: The nation's farmers could face severe restrictions on the use of pesticides as environmentalists, spurred by a favorable ruling from a judge in Washington state, want the courts to force federal regulators to protect endangered species from the ill effects of agricultural chemicals.
Wisconsin school cuts crime by changing the menu
Treehugger - 7/25/2010.
By Sara Novak – In a move that may seem slightly controversial, one school principal in Appleton, Wis., changed the school menu to cut crime at the school. According to a recent story on WELL Said, LuAnn Coenen, the principal at a high school, reduced fighting, weapons-carrying, and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the menu. Vending machines were the first to go, replaced by water coolers, and processed burgers and fries became fruits and vegetables.
Welcome to Beastport
Portland Press Herald - 7/24/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Eastport could soon become known as the cow port of New England. Shipping officials, with support from Maine's congressional delegation, are pushing for a permanent permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make Eastport the only port north of Delaware that's authorized to handle overseas shipments of livestock.
Maine’s ‘superfruit’-blueberries’making strides in frozen food market
Bangor Daily News - 7/24/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Jonesport: A new marketing campaign launched a year ago is reaping rewards, Sue Till of the Swardlick Marketing Group told more than 100 wild blueberry producers gathered this week at Blueberry Hill in Jonesboro, the University of Maine’s blueberry experimental farm. Rather than attempt to capture the fresh market, Maine’s wild blueberry producers are promoting frozen berries.
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