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February 22, 2013

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FEBRUARY 22, 2013

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Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen:
A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries

Coming to a location near you on March 1-3

These events are part celebration and part education, as local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Each location will have plenty of local flavor, whether live local music, tastings featuring local foods, sales of food and other products from local farms and businesses, film screenings and more. Locations, dates and times.

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Common Ground Country Fair
Now accepting applications for the Youth Enterprise Zone

Applications for a booth in the Youth Enterprise Zone and Youth Enterprise Transition Zone of the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair are now being accepted! These applications may be downloaded from our website Applications are due Monday, March 25th. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact April at 568-4142 or

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MOFGA Organic Orcharding Workshops
March 16 and March 30

A series of 4 workshops, covering theory and hands-on practice in organic fruit tree and orchard management. Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards. Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Information.

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Proposed Rules Could Allow Widespread Spraying for Mosquito Control in Maine
The Maine Board of Pesticides Control is proposing amendments to its existing pesticide rules to allow for public-health, mosquito-control programs. Proposed amendments.

It is very important to let the BPC what you think about government sponsored spray programs that could take place in your community! More Information.

A public hearing is scheduled for Friday, March 1, 2013, at 8:30 a.m., Room 319, Deering Building, 90 Blossom Lane, Augusta. Written comments may be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, to Henry S. Jennings, Director, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028,

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Help MOFGA Pass a Landmark Law to Ensure the Public's Right to Know about Genetically Modified Organisms in Food

Join MOFGA and our coalition partners to help enact An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers Right To Know. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) should be labeled so consumers can make informed choices about what to buy and what to eat.

MOFGA has built a strategy with key Maine legislators to pass the nation's first comprehensive GMO labeling law. It is a costly endeavor and your contributions will help ensure our success.

MOFGA will post regular campaign updates as the legislative session progresses. Please contact your legislators today and let them know that you are excited about Maine requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. Find contact information for your legislators. Tell them that you want their support for this important bill.

Read more.

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Spring Growth
Saturday, March 30, 2013

10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Common Ground Education Center, Unity

MOFGA's annual day-long engagement with a single agricultural topic will focus on garlic in 2013. The day will feature a keynote by David Stern of Rose Valley Farm and the Garlic Seed Foundation, as well as a panel of Maine garlic growers and opportunities for farmer-to-farmer networking and information exchange. Moderated by MOFGA's own Eric Sideman. Details.

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The Beginning Farmers Resource Network of Maine
The Beginning Farmers Resource Network, a project of several groups, including MOFGA, keeps adding new resource links to its website. Whether people want to know how to find farmland, plan and manage a farm business, market products or more, this is a great resource.

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USDA Farm to School Grants

USDA's Farm to School grants connect schools with their local farmers, ranchers and food businesses, providing new economic opportunities to food producers and bringing healthy, local offerings into school cafeterias. This year, three kinds of grants will be available: planning grants for schools just getting started on farm to school activities; implementation grants for schools seeking to augment or expand existing efforts; and support service grants for eligible non-profit entities, Indian tribal organizations, state and local agencies, and agriculture producers or groups of producers to conduct trainings, create complementary curriculum, or further develop supply chains, among other activities. Proposals are due on April 24, 2013. Information.

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Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter Meeting
Saturday, February 23, 5 p.m., at the home of Jeremy Blaiklock, 31 Old Stage Road, Arrowsic. Discussion of seed starting and other gardening topics, followed by a warm February potluck. George Sergeant will bring seeds the group ordered. To pick up OGSI amendments or potting soil, call him or Sue at 442-8195. For more information, contact Sally Fesler at

Waldo Organic Growers Meeting
Wednesday, February 27, 6 pm with potluck (bring your own table service), at MOFGA's Education Center in Unity. Speaker: Michael Gendreau of Maine Community Health Options, a new non-profit health plan in Maine. Information:


Mark Your Calendar

All MOFGA Spring Events Are Now Open for Registration

MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference (on garlic), Grow Your Own Organic Garden Workshops, Organic Orcharding Series, Organic Farming Principles and Practices, and Kitchen Licensing Workshop are open for registration now. Please see for details.
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February 23 - Local Food, Global Food Colloquium. Portland. Do we have what it takes to reinvent the U.S. food system? Hosted by the Maine Law Review. Scholars, policymakers, farmers, and community members discuss and debate the challenges confronting food initiatives in an era of globalized food production. Details.

February 23 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter Meeting. Saturday, 5 p.m., at the home of Jeremy Blaiklock, 31 Old Stage Road, Arrowsic. For more information, contact Sally Fesler at

February 25 and 26 - ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) Greenhouse Conference.
Delta Beausejour, Moncton, New Brunswick. Information.

February 22 & March 1-3 - Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries. Locations, dates and times.

February 27 - Waldo Organic Growers meeting. Wednesday, 6 pm at MOFGA's Education Center in Unity. Information:

February 28 - Environmental lawyer and former MOFGA president Sharon Tisher will speak on Climate Reality: Connecting the dots between extreme weather and global warming, and what we can do to stem the tide. Bangor Land Trust Annual Meeting, Thursday, 7:00 pm, Dyke Family Learning Center, Husson University, Bangor. Information, call (207) 942-1010 or email Website.

March 5 & 26 - Two-part Organic Food Production Series.
6 to 8 pm, Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street, Belfast. Led by C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Organic Orchardist. March 5: Organic Orcharding workshop; March 26: "Grow Your Own Organic Garden," part of MOFGA's state-wide program. For more information, call the Library at (207) 338-3884 ext. 10.

March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 18 and 25 - So You Want to Farm in Maine Webinar,
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. A free farm business course for those who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby to a profitable business. Offered in eight evening webinars. Classes will be held on the Internet live; an archived version will be available shortly after the live session. Topics will include selecting and evaluating a farm enterprise, writing a business plan, recordkeeping, market research and more. Course texts can be purchased from the UMaine Extension Publications Store. More information. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 564-3301 or in Maine 1-800-287-1491.
Pre-register online.

March 16 - Rural Living Day.
Saturday, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm., Mt. View High School, 577 Mt. View Rd. (Rt 220), Thorndike, Maine. Pre-registration is required by Thursday, March 7. Three workshop sessions. Co-sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and MOFGA. Information at or email:

March 16 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning.
$30. Locations: Jefferson, Unity. Snow date March 17. Also in Blue Hill on March 23 (no snow date). Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. For beginners and experienced growers. Additional workshops in March, April and July at various locations on renovating old apple trees and grafting, with an Orcharding 101 course led by Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower. More information.

March 21 and 28 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices, by Eric Sideman, with other farmers and agricultural services staff from MOFGA. Learn the reasons behind organic practices (soil, pest and weed management) and how to decide the best practice in particular situations. Maine Audubon Society Gilsland Farm, Falmouth. Registration info and fees at

March 22-23 -2013 New England Meat Conference.
Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Graponne Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH. Registration is now open! Information at, or contact Lori Walter - (603) 573-3306 or

Many other events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.


- 2013 Fair posters
- New bumperstickers
- Fair t-shirts, sweatshirts, night shirts, aprons, hats
- Fair posters for previous years
- A great selection of books
- Items for MOFGA-certified producers
- Sale items

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