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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
Reports suggests songbirds, bats at risk of mercury poisoning
Bangor Daily News - 1/25/2012.
By Kevin Miller – Researchers examining the effects of mercury on wildlife found elevated levels of the neurotoxin in songbirds and bats from Maine to Virginia, prompting the study’s authors to call for more monitoring and stronger conservation measures.
Maine farmer survey finds optimism
Village Soup - 1/25/2012.

Orono – Maine farmers surveyed recently for a University of Maine Cooperative Extension research project expressed optimism about the state's farming opportunities and suggested business would improve if the "buy local" message reaches more consumers and institutions.

School lunches to have more veggies, whole grains
Kennebec Journal - 1/25/2012.
AP – Alexandria, Va.: The first major nutritional overhaul of school meals in more than 15 years means most offerings – including the always popular pizza – will come with less sodium, more whole grains and a wider selection of fruits and vegetables on the side.
The future of farming
Stone Barns Center - 1/25/2012.
Fred Kirschenmann, noted farmer, theologian, philosopher and president of Stone Barns Center’s Board of Directors, called on young farmers to help create a new paradigm in America’s food system to carry us into a future riddled with challenges, such as a world population that just topped 7 billion. “We need to grow food in partnership with nature rather than through domination,” he said in his closing remarks.
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February 24 - Pesticide Applicator Training and Exam Workshop

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