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Put Your Hoe Down – A Raucous Square Dance Party in Celebration of Maine Farmers

Saturday, July 26, 8 p.m., at Topsham Grange, Topsham
Vermont Dance Caller Will Mentor and Old Time Fiddle Tunes by Sassafras Stomp

This is a celebration for all the alumni of MOFGA's farm apprenticeship program, for apprentice host farms and for current and future apprentices!

All are welcome to join the fun! Sliding scale admission $5-$20, to benefit MOFGA's new farmer programs.


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

July 24-25 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

July 26 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

July 27 - Farms & Gardens to Visit

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

July 29 - Farm Training Project workshop: Avena Botanicals

July 30 - Waldo Organic Growers potluck and program

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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