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Ivelisse Rivera of Darthia Farm in Gouldsboro

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
USDA inspector: Meat supply routinely tainted with harmful residues
Grist - 4/15/2010.
By Tom Philpott - Next time you're at an eatery whose sourcing practices you don't trust, avoid the veal. Skip the burger, too. Those are the immediate takeaways from a stomach-turning report from the USDA's Office of the Inspector General. The long-term takeaways are more profound – and disturbing.
Which veggie burgers were made with a neurotoxin?
Alternet - 4/14/2010.
By Kiera Butler – The Cornucopia Institute has found that most non-organic veggie burgers currently on the market are made with the chemical hexane, an EPA-registered air pollutant and neurotoxin. In order to meet the demands of health-conscious consumers, manufacturers of soy-based fake meat like to make their products have as little fat as possible. The cheapest way to do this is by submerging soybeans in a bath of hexane to separate the oil from the protein.
Special report: Are regulators dropping the ball on biocrops?
Organic Consumers - 4/13/2010.
By Carey Gillam – Robert Kremer, a U.S. government microbiologist who studies Midwestern farm soil, has spent two decades analyzing the rich dirt that yields billions of bushels of food each year and helps the United States retain its title as breadbasket of the world. Kremer's lab is housed at the University of Missouri and is literally in the shadow of Monsanto Auditorium, named after the $11.8 billion-a-year agricultural giant Monsanto Co.. Based in Creve Coeur, Missouri, the company has accumulated vast wealth and power creating chemicals and genetically altered seeds for farmers worldwide.
Camps pool resources to help preserve Kents Hill orchard
Capital Weekly - 4/12/2010.
Kents Hill – Three summer camps in the Kents Hill region – Camp Vega, Camp Laurel and Camp Winnebago – have joined together to help Maine Farmland Trust permanently protect the Kents Hill Orchard as farmland. Together, the camps pledged $7,500, and they have challenged other community members to match this pledge 3 to 1.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 27 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Augusta

February 28 - School Garden Regional Gathering

February 28 - Organic Orcharding Series: Pruning Fruit Trees

February 28 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Portland

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Belfast

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Hallowell

March 1 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair in Bangor

March 6 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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

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

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

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting


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