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Organic Farming: Principles and Practices
March 18 and 25, 2015
Viles Arboretum, Augusta



Two-part course designed to provide farmers with a strong background in soils, weeds and pest management, enabling them to make good management decisions. Lectures by Eric Sideman, MOFGA's organic crop specialist. Guest lecturers, including local farmers, will also speak and join the discussion. Information and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Already Desperate, Haitian Farmers Are Left Hopeless After Storm
The New York Times - 11/17/2012.
By Randal C. Archibold - Haitians, who know well the death and despair natural disasters can cause, suffered mightily from Hurricane Sandy, which bashed the country’s rural areas and killed at least 54 people.
DuPont-Dow Corn Defeated by Armyworms in Florida: Study
Bloomberg - 11/16/2012.
By Jack Kaskey - Fall armyworms in southern Florida survived a pesticide engineered into corn by Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) and DuPont Co., the second insect to show signs of resistance to genetically modified crops in the U.S., according to a study.
Corporate Giant Comes Out Against GMOs
Willamette Live - 11/15/2012.
Kaiser Permanente – the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States – recommends that its members limit their exposure to GE crops. “Despite what the biotech industry might say,” reports Kaiser Permanente, “there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health. Independent research has found that several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found that GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.” The article recommends buying organic foods to avoid GE ingredients; avoiding foods made with non-organic corn, cottonseed, canola and soy oil; buying foods with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal; and asking at local markets if their foods are GE-free.
Cherry tomato ‘Jasper’ new 2013 AAS winner
All America Selections - 11/14/2012.
Cherry tomato ‘Jasper’ F1 is one of the three vegetables which are announced by the All-America Selections (AAS) as new 2013 winners. ‘Jasper’, bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds, has according to the AAS judges an excellent taste, a long harvest window and outstanding performance. An added bonus is high disease resistance to Late Blight, Fusarium races 1, 2 and Early Blight.”
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

March 7 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Farming in the Face of Climate Change

March 8 - Film presented by MOFGA’s Green Cemetery Committee

March 12 - Growing Tomatoes in a High Tunnel

March 14 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 14 - Growing Issues: Urban Agriculture

March 18 - Hancock County Grower Meeting

March 18 and 25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

March 21 - 21st Annual Rural Living Day

March 21 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

22 – Maine Maple Sunday

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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