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DECEMBER 13, 2013

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MOFGA Day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Each year at Maine's Agricultural Trades Show, MOFGA offers a series of presentations and discussion groups covering a wide range of sustainable agriculture subjects. All presentations are free and open to the public. Schedule.

MOFGA has an information exhibit during all three days of the Trades Show. Staff and Committee members are available to answer questions about MOFGA's ongoing programs.

MOFGA members are encouraged to attend the Association's Annual Meeting, which will be held at 1:30 pm in the Piscataquis/Sagadahoc Rooms.

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Russell's Poems: What You Should Know 
Available now at MOFGA's Online Country Store

Blackberry Books has published What You Should Know: A Field Guide To Three Sisters Farm, a collection of poems by Russell Libby. Russell was a farmer, husband, father, native Mainer, Bowdoin graduate and executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Russell was also a poet, and these poems are a documentary work describing the soil, the air, the water, the trees, the gardens and the family life lived by Russell at his farm, Three Sisters Farm, in Mount Vernon, Maine. Russell passed away a year ago but left these poems of love and life, for his family, his friends, his beloved land.

Buy at the MOFGA Country Store - Also available from FEDCO, Gulf of Maine Books, Apple Valley Books, Amazon (please try to buy local) and Blackberry Books (207-729-5083, chimfarm@gwi.net). We hope that you will take a walk with Russell and keep him in your hearts.

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Still Time to Renew Your MOFGA Membership Before the Rates Increase 

In 2014, MOFGA membership rates will increase slightly. This will be the first membership rate increase since 2004.

We appreciate the generosity of MOFGA's supporters and hope you will join or renew at the highest level that fits your budget. We continue to offer a $20 Seeding membership for students, seniors on fixed incomes and other people who may need the reduced rate. Thank you for any support that you can give. We are happy to have you as a member!

Renew now at the MOFGA Country Store!
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Richard Harrison and Sarah Lincoln-Harrison of True North Farms

Know Your Organic Producers! 

Meet MOFGA certified organic farmers Richard Harrison and Sarah Lincoln-Harrison of True North Farms in Montville. The couple raised flowers, fruits and vegetables for many years in Massachusetts, where they co-founded a CSA and a farmers' market. They transitioned to farming when they moved to Maine, specializing in garlic originally and now raising mixed vegetables as well. They supply a soup kitchen and food pantries with produce, sell to a few retail stores and at the Common Ground Country Fair farmers' market.

Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGA.net
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Shannon Webber, Ted Quaday and Andrew Marshall

Support for Journeyperson Program

In November, Shannon Webber presented a $5,000 contribution, cosponsored by Farm Credit of Maine and CoBank, to MOFGA's Journeyperson Program. CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System.

"We named MOFGA's Journeyperson Farming Training Program as a candidate for CoBank's matching gift 'Sharing Success' charitable contribution program," said Jill Eyre, Assistant Vice President for Public Relations for Farm Credit. "Farm Credit of Maine and CoBank are delighted that MOFGA was selected for this contribution in the amount of $5,000 in support of your mentorship and continuing education programs to individuals who are pursuing careers in farming."

Thank you, Farm Credit and CoBank! 
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Bluebird Hill Farm
Seed Diversity
Rep. Lance Harvell and MOFGA
Fruit Exploring in Kyrgyzstan
The Many Uses of Salsify
FoodCorps Member Genna Cherichello
California Detour: Wheat Vs. Gold

Common Ground Country Fair Speeches:
Fermentation and Food Relocalization
Celebrating Women Farmers and Gardeners
Cooperating with the Future

GMO Labeling Teach-In at the Fair

... and more! Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener articles dating back to 1997 are on our website, too! 
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We have the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair oxen design on T-shirts, nightshirts, tote bags, aprons and more ON SALE now through December 24th.

Share the Fair with friends and family members this holiday season and support MOFGA.

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Cole's Quince, a Maine heritage apple variety.

Contribute to MOFGA's Fruitful Future!

The farmers at Blackbird Rise in Palermo are pleased to announce a fundraiser to support our educational programs.

For every $25 you contribute to MOFGA, you will receive a 2-year-old, grafted, MOFGA certified organic apple tree as thanks for your support! Trees will be available for pick-up at MOFGA's April 12, 2014, orchard planting event. There you can learn how to plant and care for your tree. More details.

Download the donation form from Blackbird Rise.

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Thanks for Your Support!

In April hundreds of people gathered at the State House, testifying for seven hours in support of labeling food made from genetically modified organisms (GMO). Once Governor LePage signs this bill in January, Maine will be the second state to have passed a GMO labeling law. We did this by working together.
Nearly one-third of our budget comes from our members, who are passionate about locally grown, organic food - and sensible public policy. Thank you for considering a year-end gift. If you want you can give online at donatenow.networkforgood.org/1434514.

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eOrganic Webinar: Late Blight of Tomato and Potato: Recent Occurrences and Management Experiences

January 14, 2014 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time
- This devastating disease has been occurring more often in the USA recently, especially on tomatoes. Beginning and experienced growers need to understand changes in the pathogen that account for this change and other facts about recent occurrences in order to manage late blight effectively. The Webinar will enable researchers and growers to share information about managing late blight with copper, biofungicides, and resistant varieties, and utility of the USABlight monitoring program and the Decision Support System. More details.

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Waldo County Trails Coalition Hike at MOFGA 
Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. to noon

Join the Waldo County Trails Coalition for a hike on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to about noon. The hike will start at the kiosk at MOFGA's field on Crosby Brook Road, next to (and on the same side of the road as) the Northern Solstice Alpaca Farm, and will go to Quaker Hill Road. A shuttle will be available at Quaker Hill Road to transport people back to MOFGA at the end of the hike. FMI please contact Buck O'Herin, buckoherin@fairpoint.net, or visit www.waldotrails.org.
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Remembering Charlie Gould

Charles S. Gould, aged 90, of Freeport, passed away peacefully on November 27, 2013. For 22 years, beginning in 1965, Charlie was a Cooperative Extension Service educator in Sagadahoc and Androscoggin Counties. In the late 1960s and early '70s, he became a beacon to the back-to-the-lander searching for information and advice about organic farming. Not an organic gardener himself, he embarked on his own learning journey in order to better serve his clients. Coming around to organics he soon said, "They taught me much more than I taught them," and "I never enjoyed gardening until I started hauling manure." He helped found MOFGA and played key roles in forming the Coastal Economic Development Corp., the Maine Small Farmers Assoc., Kennebec Valley Growers Cooperative, and the Central Maine Arts and Crafts Guild. Long-time MOFGA staff remember Charlie coming to the MOFGA office and spending time talking with everyone there. Condolences and remembrances may be shared at www.funeralalternatives.net where an obituary is posted. "Remember Charlie in your own way," his family suggests, "perhaps by supporting your local farmers, advocating for an underdog, enjoying an apple."
Events in Maine and Beyond - Mark Your Calendar!
December 14 - Waldo County Trails Coalition Hike at MOFGA. FMI please contact Buck O'Herin, buckoherin@fairpoint.net, or visit www.waldotrails.org.

December 17, 18, and 19 - New England Vegetable and Fruit Conference,
Radisson Hotel, Manchester, N.H. Website.

January 5 - Beginning Women Farmer Holistic Management Classes start. Contact Gail Chase, Maine's WAgN coordinator, wagnmaine@gmail.com

January 6 to February 20 - Permaculture Design: Fundamentals of Ecological Design, an online certificate course offered through Cornell University's Department of Horticulture distance learning program. More about the 6.5-week-long course online. The program will offer two other online permaculture design courses in March-April and April-May. Completing all three gives students the portfolio necessary to apply for an internationally recognized certification in Permaculture Design though the Finger Lakes Permaculture Institute.

January 7 - Tri-State Greenhouse IPM Workshop, Longfellows Greenhouses in Manchester, Maine; January 8, UNH, Durham, N.H.; January 9, Gardeners Supply, Burlington, Vermont. Special guest: Carol Glenister, IPM Laboratories, Inc., Locke, N.Y., speaking on the wild side of biocontrol and banker and guardian plants. FMI: Chery Frank, cfrank@uvm.edu. Details.

January 7 - MOFGA annual membership meeting. 1:30 p.m., Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center. Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of board members. Q&A period. This is also MOFGA Day at the Trades Show - a full day of presentations and workshops on organic production in Maine. Free.

January 7 to 9 - Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Augusta Civic Center. Free admission. www.getrealmaine.com

January 11 - NOFA-Mass. Winter Conference. 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Worcester State University, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Includes an all-day seminar and keynote by Restoration Agriculture author, Mark Shepard, as well as the annual Lawn & Turf Course. Information: call (508) 572-0816; email wcregistration@nofamass.org or register online.

January 17 - Deadline to apply for new enrollment in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for federal fiscal year 2014. CSP participants receive an annual land use payment for operation-level environmental benefits they produce. Information and a link to a checklist that can help you determine if the CSP is right for you.

January 22-25 - The Ecological Farming Association's 34th Annual EcoFarm Conference, Gather & Grow, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California. More than 65 workshops featuring educational and technical sessions for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, consumers, students and educators; exhibitor marketplace, live entertainment, discussion groups, mixers, delicious meals and libations. Visit www.eco-farm.org for more info and to register.

January 26 - Maine Farmers' Market Convention, Maple Hill Inn and Conference Center, Hallowell. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Details.

January 30 to February 1 -  Seventh Organic Seed Growers Conference. Corvallis, Oregon. This is a unique opportunity to trade knowledge, techniques and ideas that strengthen our rapidly growing organic seed community. The agenda includes 70 experts in organic plant breeding, seed research, enterprise development, seed economics, policy and more. Register.

February 5 to 8 - Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture 23rd Annual Farming for the Future Conference, State College, Penn. Details.

February 24 - Deadline for applying for Value-Added Producer Grants. This program helps agricultural producers create new products, expand marketing opportunities, support further processing of existing products or goods, or develop specialty and niche products. Grants may be used for working capital and planning activities. The maximum working capital grant is $200,000; the maximum planning grant is $75,000. Eligible applicants include independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, and agricultural producer groups. Funding priority is given to socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers or ranchers and to small- to medium-size family farms, or farmer/rancher cooperatives. Details.

February 26-27 - Sustaining the Living Landscape, Ecological Landscaping Assoc., Springfield, Mass. Keynote: Dr. John Todd, "Healing the Waters: A Tale of Ecology and Living Technologies." Brochure.

February 27 to March 1 - MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, Wisc. Details.

March 12 - Climate Solutions 2014 Expo and Summit, Augusta Civic Center. http://climatesolutionsme.org/

March 13-16 - Permaculture Voices conference, Temecula, Calif. Details.
Many more events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.


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