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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
New tool maps and grades ‘food deserts’ to lure supermarkets
Grist - 10/21/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell – Earlier this month, in a piece for our Feeding the Cities series, Stephanie Paige Ogburn explained how urban "food deserts," areas without grocery stores selling healthy food and fresh produce, came to be. For an area to be a true "food desert," it needs not only to be sans a full-service grocery store, but also populated primarily by low-income families that don't have cars or easy public-transit access to stores outside their neighborhood.
School salad bars, and the limits of relying on charity for what government should do
Grist - 10/21/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The federal government runs a program ostensibly designed to ensure that every child has access to a healthy lunch each day they're at school. Unhappily, the program is so poorly funded that public schools have been forced to outsource lunches to the processed-food industry, which takes the opportunity to educate young palates on the wonders of dishes like "dinosaur nuggets."
The French serve up one helluva school lunch
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – As an antidote to the American hostility toward school lunch Ed Bruske recently ran across in the Washington Post's comment section, here's a wonderful CBS News report about the French school lunch program.
Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Philpott – Monsanto's ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I'm not referring to the company's triumph in our recent "Villains of Food" poll. Instead, I'm talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies.
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July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

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August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

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