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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of bee-friendly plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently took part in a national research project showing that many bee-friendly home garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart have been pre-treated with pesticides that harm and kill bees. Friends of the Earth U.S., the Pesticide Research Institute and SumOfUs coordinated the study and collaborated with MOFGA and dozens of other groups that conducted pesticide sampling across the United States and Canada.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Coming soon, to a city near you: open-source agriculture
Grist - 4/12/2011.
By Danielle Gould – Most people attempting to build a viable urban agriculture business are acutely aware of the enormously challenging and time-consuming process of navigating zoning regulations. Which is why I got excited when I learned about Washington, D.C.-based John Reinhardt and the urban agriculture zoning and food sovereignty ordinance maps recently launched on his blog Grown in the City.
Grants help food stamp users, farmers markets
Bangor Daily News - 4/12/2011.
Brunwick: Wholesome Wave recently awarded grants to five Maine nonprofits to expand the impact of its “Nourishing Neighborhoods Campaign,” and to help double the buying power of food stamp users at 11 local farmers markets. The five awardees are: Cultivating Community, $14,000; Skowhegan Farmers Market, $21,000; Down East Business Alliance, $13,000; Maine Farmland Trust, $6,100; and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, $7,000.
What’s new? Experts pick some beauties
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/10/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been looking out at our yard a lot this winter and early spring, mostly because it has been too cold and windy to go outside. So I have been looking forward to making the calls for the new-plants column I do about this time every year.
Worm … castings are the new gold
Kennebec Journal - 4/10/2011.
By Craig Crosby – Readfield: There's gold in that there poop. Maybe that's because it doesn't look like poop, smell like poop or act like poop – when it comes from a worm. That's part of the beauty Richard Reed saw in jumping into the worm casting business.
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July 31 - Fall Planting in a High Tunnel

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August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

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August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

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