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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

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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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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MOFGA's Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

Everything you want to know about growing your own organic garden. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners. Held in partnership with Maine's Adult & Community Education program and community sponsors.

Most classes were held on April 2nd. The following locations will hold classes later in the month:

Bucksport - April 16
Gray - April 23

Click here for class details

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bye bye bumblebee: honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in danger
Grist - 6/21/2012.
By John Upton – Not so long ago, it was difficult to venture outdoors anywhere on the East Coast without encountering the rusty-patched bumblebee. But researchers have known for more than a decade that many of North America’s once-plentiful bumblebee species have all but disappeared.
Farm Bill amendment would allow state labeling of genetically engineered foods
Treehugger - 6/20/2012.
By Mat McDermott – Vermont senator Bernie Sanders has proposed an amendment to the Federal Farm Bill which would allow states to label genetically modified ingredients in food, without worrying about companies such as Monsanto threatening legal action for doing so.
Brooks man rebuilds apple ladder business after fire with community’s help
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: The floor of Peter Baldwin’s old chicken barn was covered in golden curls of wood shavings Sunday afternoon, with the bright smell of fresh sawdust rising in the air. It was a cheerful contrast to the scene at the same property just over a month ago, when his 23-year-old Baldwin Apple Ladders manufacturing business burned to the ground in a devastating fire that left him reeling and uncertain how to rebuild.
Support for food ordinance on the upswing in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/20/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Eight Maine towns have now adopted an ordinance that would exempt small farms from state and federal licensing and inspection requirements when farmers sell food directly to neighbors and other individuals. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb notes that state and federal law supersedes local ordinances.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

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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