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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

Saturday, August 6

North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
Fee: $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free
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Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. The workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
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Science Daily - 6/24/2016.
Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz - One possible cause of the alarming bee mortality we are witnessing is the use of the very active systemic insecticides called neonicotinoids. Researchers have discovered that neonicotinoids in low and field-relevant concentrations reduce the concentration of acetylcholine in the royal jelly/larval food secreted by nurse bees.
Conventional breeding outpaces biotech efforts to produce nutrient-efficient crops
GM Watch - 6/24/2016.
An article in Nature entitled ‘The Race to Create Super-Crops’ discusses the global race to develop crops that grow well in soils depleted of nutrients, reports the Third World Network. Conventional crop-breeding techniques that rely on examining plants' physical characteristics and then selecting for desirable traits, such as growth or the length of fine roots, appear to be outpacing the high-tech route of genetic engineering.
The Cosmos, the Earth, and Your Stomach: The Story of Soil
Resilience - 6/24/2016.
By Toby Hemenway, Pattern Literacy - “Give me a place to stand and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.” With these words, the ancient Greek philosopher Archimedes taught us the power of leverage points. It’s a key concept in permaculture design, too. When we deeply understand the system we’re working with – be it a garden, a business, a community, or even a personal relationship – we can spot the places where a small, perfectly located nudge will beget a large response.
Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law to Take Effect, But What Makes a Food ‘Modified’?
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/24/2016.
By Kathleen Masterson - Vermont’s so-called GMO Labeling Law will go into effect July 1. It requires manufacturers to label foods made with genetic engineering. It’s the first law of its kind in the nation, and it has started a trend.
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