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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
She's going to dig the HERShovel, a garden tool scientifically designed for women
Treehugger - 7/16/2014.
By Derek Markham - It's about time that farm and garden tools broke out of the 'one size fits all' model, and these two women farmers are bridging that gender gap with tools designed specifically for women.
Fine print of the food wars
The Asian Age - 7/16/2014.
By Vandana Shiva - Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply. This “empire” is being built on false foundations: that Monsanto is a creator/inventor of life and hence can own the seed through patents and that life can be engineered and machined like an iPhone.
California Farms Are Sucking Up Enough Groundwater to Put Rhode Island 17 Feet Under
Mother Jones - 7/16/2014.
By Julia Lurie - California, the producer of nearly half of the nation's fruits, veggies, and nuts, plus export crops – four-fifths of the world's almonds, for example – is entering its third driest year on record. Nearly 80 percent of the state is experiencing "extreme" or "exceptional" drought. In addition to affecting agricultural production the drought will cost the state billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and a whole lot of groundwater.
Variation in Broccoli Cultivar Phytochemical Content under Organic and Conventional Management Systems: Implications in Breeding for Nutrition
PLOS One - 7/16/2014.
By Erica N. C. Renaud et al. - Researchers compared 23 broccoli cultivars grown in Oregon and Maine under organic and conventional systems in spring and fall for the content of phytochemicals associated with health promotion. For some phytochemicals, genotype was the major source of variation; for others, region, season and the interaction between region and season were major sources of variation. Overall, phytochemicals were not significantly influenced by management systems.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 23 - Farm Training Project workshop: Livestock & Vegetable Integration

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 26 - Put Your Hoe Down - A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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

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