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DARK Act - HR 1599
U.S. House of Representatives Seeks to Prohibit Labeling of GMOs

Maine's landmark legislation, An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers' Right To Know about Genetically Engineered Food, could be eliminated if HR 1599 were to pass.
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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Gina Hancock of
Hancock Family Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Gina Hancock of MOFGA-certified organic Hancock Family Farm in Casco, Maine. The Hancocks (Gina, Geof and their two daughters) grow vegetables, vegetable seedlings, cut flowers and herbs, which they sell through their own farm stand, at the Bridgton and Kennebunk farmers’ markets and through their community supported agriculture program. "We believe that building and tending quality soil will translate into healthy, nutritious vegetables; that livestock deserves respectful handling and the opportunity to live out their lives on pasture; and that great farming doesn't happen without community," say the Hancocks. Learn more about Hancock Family Farm on their website and on their Facebook page. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Get out and garden
Kennebec Journal - 4/17/2010.
Op-ed by Theodora Kalikow – It’s spring! The garden is a mess! Time to get out the gloves and knee-pads, put on the old clothes and get out there and clean it all up. Welcome all the new little flowers, smell the grass, listen to the birds, plant the peas and lettuce and spinach, and – the only good thing about global warming so far – get it all done before the black flies show up.
France's food fight
Boston Globe - 4/17/2010.
By Derrick Z. Jackson – Sebastien Czernichow is a French nutrition researcher cheering on America’s flurry of federal, state, and local laws and initiatives against obesity. What some call the food police, he calls progress. The prevalence of obesity in his nation is leveling off after a decade of government interventions.
Sounding the call for local food
Kennebec Journal - 4/16/2010.
By Daniel Hartill – Lewiston: Russell Libby believes big grocers' ability to fill fruit and produce aisles with almost any food at any time has dulled shoppers' wits and dinner-table variety. Taste buds are dying, he said. "It's all those little nuances," said Libby, executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Try Maine apples, for example. "In September, October and early November, a McIntosh is a superb apple," Libby said. "The rest of the year, it's a good apple." The reason? The fruit grows soft even in the best storage conditions, he said. "You have to ask, 'What is right for the right season?'" he said.
Chickens easy, fun to raise, lay lots of eggs, become good stew
Kennebec Journal - 4/16/2010.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Of all the farm animals, chickens are among the easiest to raise, and they are probably the most productive pound for pound. At their peak, each can lay an egg a day. Their manure is essential for our garden, and after two or three years, they get to become part of the best stew or pot pie you’ve ever tasted.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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