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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Maine Apple Camp - August 18-20, 2017, at Camp NEOFA in Liberty, Maine

Maine Apple Camp
August 18-20, 2017
Camp NEOFA, Liberty, Maine


Price:
$165 for MOFGA members
$215 for non-members
For family registrations, please contact us.

This first-ever event will bring together folks who are excited about the future of heirloom fruit varieties: How to save them, what to do with them, how to make great cider, and who to work with. Held at a traditional Maine lakeside camp in Liberty, participants will check in for 2-1/2 days and 2 nights of immersive learning and community building.

Experts on heirloom fruit conservation in Maine and beyond will discuss how to bring back our lost fruit. We’ll cover efforts to preserve Maine apples, pears and other fruit as well as how those efforts connect (or might connect) to national and international projects. Some of New England’s most innovative hard-cider makers will cover the ins and outs of making our traditional beverage of choice. Others will cover organic orchard techniques and care, and creating community orchards. We will also explore how these forgotten fruits can return to prominence in restaurants, stores and bars as part of Maine’s food renaissance. For more information, click on the registration link.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Cracking down on farm animal cruelty
Bangor Daily News - 5/19/2009.
Op-ed by Katie Lisnik – Gov. John Baldacci has signed some landmark bills in recent weeks. Among them is LD 1021, which prevents two cruel and inhumane factory farm confinement methods. Effective Jan. 1, 2011, the new law will prohibit gestation crates and veal crates — individual cages that virtually immobilize breeding pigs and veal calves for nearly their entire lives.
Climate change odds much worse than thought
MIT News Office - 5/19/2009.
By David Chandler – The most comprehensive modeling yet carried out on the likelihood of how much hotter the Earth's climate will get in this century shows that without rapid and massive action, the problem will be about twice as severe as previously estimated six years ago - and could be even worse than that. The study uses the MIT Integrated Global Systems Model, a detailed computer simulation of global economic activity and climate processes that has been developed and refined by the Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change since the early 1990s.
Maine may get cease-fire in pesticides war
Kennebec Journal - 5/18/2009.
Editorial – It shouldn't be this hard. For years, state lawmakers, regulators and farmers have discussed, debated, argued about and then discussed some more how to establish an effective program to notify neighbors when farmers spread pesticides. The arguments have pitted conventional farmers against organic ones, and the Maine Department of Agriculture against environmental activists who charge the state is too closely aligned with pesticide users.
Pesticides indicted in bee deaths
Salon - 5/18/2009.
By Julia Scott – Gene Brandi will always rue the summer of 2007. That's when the California beekeeper rented half his honeybees, or 1,000 hives, to a watermelon farmer in the San Joaquin Valley at pollination time. The following winter, 50 percent of Brandi's bees were dead. "They pretty much disappeared," says Brandi, who's been keeping bees for 35 years.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 15 - Explore a Fiber Farm

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August 18-20 - Maine Apple Camp

August 19 - Maine Axe & Saw Day

August 21 - Soil Health Field Day at Bumbleroot Farm

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

August 31 - Introduction to Low Impact Forestry

August 31 - Tour a Homestead As It Begins

September 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

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