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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop Level I
Sunday, May 4

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
362 Flat Rd., West Bethel.
$50/members, $60/non-members


Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager or occasional chainsaw user, this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, but without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Participants should bring their protective equipment and a lunch. Water is available. Registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Future of Chocolate
Organic Consumers - 3/27/2013.
By Maryam Heinen - Back in the Mayan age, around 1100 BCE, cacao was recognized as a “super” food, traded as a precious currency with a value on par with gold and jewels. By the 17th century the Spanish added sugar (cane) to sweeten it and the rest is history.
Pesticide makes bees forget the scent for food, new study finds
The Guardian [UK] - 3/27/2013.
By Damian Carrington - Widely used pesticides have been found in new research to block a part of the brain that bees use for learning, rendering some of them unable to perform the essential task of associating scents with food.
Not Just the Bees: Bayer's Pesticide May Harm Birds, Too
Mother Jones - 3/27/2013.
By Tom Philpott - Once again this spring, farmers will begin planting at least 140 million acres - a land mass roughly equal to the combined footprints of California and Washington state - with seeds (mainly corn and soy) treated with a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids.
Climate Change, Herbicide May Doom Monarch Butterfly Migration
Scientific American - 3/27/2013.
By Ines Perez - Between 1999 and 2010, monarch butterfly populations declined by 81 percent along with a 58 percent decline in their essential food, milkweed, in the Midwest, paralleling use of the herbicide glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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