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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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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
Pingree bill would continue to let farm animals eat spent brewery grain
Portland Press Herald - 4/8/2014.
By Matt Byrne - The legislation would create an exception to a federal proposal that was criticized by Maine brewers and farmers.
"Ag-gag" laws: Why Animal Welfare is a Food Safety Concern
Center for Food Safety - 4/7/2014.
By Paige M. Tomaselli - In March, Center for Food Safety, along with a coalition of animal protection, labor rights, and environmental groups, filed a federal lawsuit to overturn Idaho’s new “ag-gag” statute, which was signed into law on February 28, 2014. The statute criminalizes whistle-blowing activities on factory farms and slaughterhouses, including audio and video recordings of animal welfare violations without the farm owner’s permission. Anyone convicted of this conduct can face up to a year in prison or a $5,000 fine.
Access to Good Food as Preventive Medicine
The Atlantic - 4/7/2014.
By Erin N. Marcus - According to a new study, nearly one in three U.S. adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both. That doesn't have to be the case.
Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs
RT - 4/7/2014.
Monsanto and five other top agrochemical companies have donated a combined $455,000 to defeat an Oregon county ballot initiative that would restrict the growth of genetically-modified crops in area farms.
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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

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