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MOFGA Bud Grafting Workshop

Join Seth Yentes for our Bud Grafting Workshop taught at North Branch Farm in Monroe, Maine, on August 9. In this workshop you will have an overview of grafting techniques, participate in a discussion of rootstock and fruit trees, and apply techniques learned about bud grafting, which can be applied to various fruit trees. Seth Yentes has been grafting for 14 years and grows thousands of fruit trees every year, including apples, pears, peaches, plums and many more. Registration on the MOFGA Store

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
For early crops, a wet blanket
Portland Press Herald - 6/23/2009.
By Beth Quimby – Last June, Ralph Turner harvested 6,000 peony stems at his Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport. This year, thanks to gray mold, he'll be lucky to harvest half that number. Tomato plants are turning black at Broadturn Farm in Scarborough. Carrots and string beans have failed to sprout at Little River Flower Farm in Buxton. All the rain and cool temperatures are to blame, say farmers across southern Maine. This is the second summer they are getting washed out. Many say they are having one of the toughest early growing seasons in recent memory.
Will it be rain-sodden fields forever?
Kennebec Journal - 6/23/2009.
By Colin Hickey – Chuck Underwood sang "Anchors Aweigh" on Monday as he watched more rain soak his Benton strawberry fields. "I have 60 to 80 feet of fields where the strawberries literally are floating," he said.
OCA’s Position on the new House food safety bill, HR 2479
Organic Consumers - 6/23/2009.
By Alexis Baden-Mayer – The Organic Consumers Association is fairly satisfied now that Congress has heard our message and that HR 2749 is intended to protect organic production methods from conflict with new food safety regulations.
Weed-Whacking Herbicide Proves Deadly to Human Cells
Scientific American - 6/23/2009.
Used in gardens, farms, and parks around the world, the weed killer Roundup contains an ingredient that can suffocate human cells in a laboratory, researchers say.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals

July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

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

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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