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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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Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm
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Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm in Waldoboro. Barbara grows a variety of MOFGA-certified organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, including the raspberries shown here earlier this season. (Now the clamshell would be full!) Her products are offered at a number of local restaurants, at her farmstand on Duckpuddle Road, and at the Waldoboro and Westbrook farmers’ markets. Visit her website and her Facebook page to learn more. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Some worms’ waste is area businessman’s gold
Kennebec Journal - 4/15/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade Lakes: Jonathan Dyer enjoys introducing visitors to the slithering creatures in his basement. The lower half of his Main Street home is brightly lit with an array of bins, wooden boxes and tubs filled with, well, poop. It's not just any poop – it's from the red wiggler. Dyer, the owner of Black Gold Vermiculture & Research, said a pound of wigglers – about 1,000 worms – can digest a half-pound of organic table scraps a day.
Garden season starts with ideas, ambition … and caution
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/15/2012.
By Tom Atwell – This is the weekend that gardening season traditionally begins in Maine. If you plant your peas by Patriots Day, the saying goes, you will have them for the Fourth of July. Because I am old, a traditionalist and still expecting at least one deep freeze if not a full snowstorm, I am writing my garden-season-kickoff column for today, the traditional weekend. In the real world, however, I started outdoor gardening before the Ides of March.
FDA issues new ‘sweeping rule’ to reduce use of antibiotics in livestock
Treehugger - 4/14/2012.

By Sara Novak – The FDA has until recently been unforgivably slow to act on limiting and banning the use of antibiotics in livestock but a new order could change all that. The FDA just enacted a new rule saying that farmers and ranchers will need a prescription from a veterinarian before using antibiotics on farm animals.

Small dairies create market for entrepeneurs
Bangor Daily News - 4/11/2012.
By Lisa Rathke (AP) – When Frank Kipe of Plainfield, Vermont, thought he would launch a business making ice cream, he found that he would have to pasteurize his milk. The necessary equipment was bulky and cost tens of thousands of dollars, so he built his own pasteurizer. Then he built more to sell. His pasteurizer business boomed, and the ice cream was forgotten.
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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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