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Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

Saturday, August 6

North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine
Fee: $50 non-members; $45 Student/Apprentice; $35 members; Journeypersons free
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Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. The workshop will be taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All the major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives as well as a bag lunch.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Totally green apples
The New York Times - 11/17/2011.
By Anne Raver – Michael Phillips has spent more than 20 years growing apples up here in the north country, 30 miles south of Quebec, and debunking the commonly held belief that his favorite fruit can’t survive without pesticides.
Yet again, organic ag proves just as productive as chemical ag
Mother Jones - 11/17/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Back in 2000, an interviewer asked Norman Borlaug, father of the "green revolution" of industrial farming that swept through Asia in the 1970s, what he thought of the idea that organic agriculture could feed the world. The Nobel laureate became apoplectic. And yet, Borlaug was evidently wrong.
Farmer in midst of local-state permit conflict
Kennebec Journal - 11/17/2011.
AP – Portland: A Maine farmer is headed for a legal showdown for ignoring state law and following a local ordinance that exempts farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers.
State sues Blue Hill farmer for selling unpasteurized milk at farmers’ markets
Bangor Daily News - 11/17/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: State agriculture officials are suing a Blue Hill farmer to stop him from selling unpasteurized milk in a case that could test the legality of “local food” ordinances in Maine that attempt to exempt some farmers from state and federal regulation.
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