Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


May-June 1976 Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

MOFGA Update

MOFGA Research Library
Coop Orders
Farmland and Open Space Law

By Chaitanya York
1976 MOFGA Executive Director

MOFGA Research Library

There appears to be substantial agreement that we need a research library in biological agriculture. It should contain the basic volumes and periodicals, both domestic and foreign, and include quality tapes of reputable authorities on appropriate subjects. The library would serve both members and the general public interested in improving their knowledge and methods of agriculture.

At the last research committee meeting we decided to stop talking about the library and clearly make it our intention to create it. Assuming that you agree with this goal, we now need your assistance and cooperation.

The library will be in the outer room at the Northeast Carry office and will share space with other volumes in Alternate / Appropriate Technology (i.e. solar heating, yurt construction, wind mill design). A vision is to create a total resource center and the practical place to begin is with the MOFGA library. To date we have accumulated back issues of various periodicals, a few pertinent volumes, and tapes including Stuart Hill on biological agriculture, Eliot Coleman on planning a garden and Samuel Kaymen on biodynamics.

In the library's early development, it will be appropriate to do work only in Hallowell. Lending will be discouraged. My sense is that farmers will study at the library primarily in winter when the soils are sleeping.

Tym invites exchanges with numerous periodicals and solicits both review and donation copies of important new books. Can you help us add to the library? Do you have agricultural volumes, back issues of Soil Association, Acres, USA, O.G.F. or USDA yearbooks that you'd be willing to donate? We welcome your support.

There's plenty of room to get involved in this project and we invite your participation. Shelves need to be built, books filed, records kept, speakers taped, letters drafted. Also, should you qualify for CETA positions, work study or summer practicum, and wish to work in this project area, get in touch with us post haste.

We will be requesting seed money from the board to purchase some basic books. To create funds, Nick Lore, both a member of the research committee and chairman of finance, suggests we consider a benefit performance by talented MOFGA members. If you would like to participate in such a performance call or write Nick Lore, Burketville.

To donate to the library or receive more information about the project call the office or write. Please send us suggested titles for the library.

Coop Orders

181 tons of rock phosphate were ordered and will arrive in Maine hopefully the first or second week in May. It will be delivered in 4 boxcars making 5 stops. Five extra tons were ordered for members (only) who missed ordering and will be delivered to the Newport stop. Should you want some of this five tons and some remains at this reading, contact me at the office.

Box car directors will be supervising unloading and county directors will be organizing pick up and distribution. Should you have any questions, please contact your county director.

A co-op order of fish meal, liquid seaweed, rock phosphate and, ii we can come up with a 25 ton order, feldspar will be made in May and will be ready around the first week of June.

Approximate prices will be Fish meal $8.00/50 lb. bag Liquid seaweed $4.25/gallon Rock phosphate $56.50/ton Feldspar $50.00/ton Sul-Po-Mag will not be ordered by decision of the MOFGA Board because Agway has it for $115.00/ ton, which is a good price.

Farmland and Open Space Law

I want to acknowledge our membership for the passage of this bill which Mr. Cummings of Gannett Press called "the most important environmental legislation before the legislature this session." A lot of folks out there took responsibility for calling / writing their representatives and senators to communicate their support for the bill and concern to save Maine farmland.

For members of the Maine Farmers Coalition who spent considerable time watchdogging 2193 the passage was an incredibly satisfying experience. It was also further verification that small farmers exist in this state in sizeable numbers and they can and will cooperate to effect change vital to the future of farming in Maine. At the outset of 2193's creation, M.F.C. members agreed that successful passage was only a first step in a process of revitalizing Maine agriculture. The Coalition remains strong and active and invites more agricultural organizations to join in accomplishing mutual goals. For more information contact Capt. Dave Kennedy, Fiddler's Green Farm.