Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Organic Matter – A Compendium of Food and Agricultural News

Maine Board of Pesticides Control News
– Tell the Maine BPC You Want a Buffer from Aerial Spray!

Daytripping 2008
– Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer

2008 Certified Organic Growers

Common Ground Country Fair News


Volunteer Profile
Vicky Burwell

Food Independence Day!

The Maine Local Twenty
20 foods that Maine can produce for local consumption all year.
Nanney Kennedy and Daisy
Nanney Kennedy and Daisy. English photo.

Raising Sheep Sustainably at Meadowcroft Farm

by Jean English
On 80 acres of woods, wetlands and pasture just seconds from Route 17 in Washington, Maine, Nanney Kennedy has spent 20 years creating her peaceful, sustainable and productive Meadowcroft Farm.

Spring Fiction? FEDCO’s Cover Hit the Nail on the Head
by Marada Cook
If you’re like me, practicality is a seasonal personality trait. By July, all my January fantasies have grown into knee-high, full-time facts. 

Fedco – Thirty Years Old and Still Growing
On March 11, 2008, to honor Fedco Seeds’ 30-year anniversary, CR Lawn and John Bunker of Fedco addressed a group of gardening enthusiasts at Merryspring Nature Park in Camden, Maine. Here is their conversation.

On the Maine Agri-tourism Trail
by Jo Anne Bander
For tourists and Maine urbanites alike, agri-tourism is a way to get back to the land, learn how food is grown and support local farms.

Supporting Community Agriculture
by Sue Smith-Heavenrich
A few years back Russell Libby wrote an opinion piece urging us to spend $10 a week at the local farm stand or farmers’ market. The idea made sense then, and makes sense now.

Maine Chefs on Sourcing Maine Foods
Three chefs discussed marketing possibilities for Maine organic growers at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in January.
Wendy Holm
Wendy Holm.

The Holm Team: Farmer-to-Farmer, Canada-to-Cuba Project
Wendy Holm of Vancouver, B.C., has, for 34 years, been an agrologist (a professional designation in Canada for experts in agricultural science). She is also an economist with an award-winning background in public policy and is tremendously concerned about the harmful effects of bad policy on agriculture in her country.

Palm Oil in Colombia: Biofuel or Bioterror?
Palm oil is, allegedly, big, bad business in parts of Colombia. Multinational companies that grow, process and sell the oil there are forcing peasant farmers off their lands through deceit, intimidation and even murder, according to Eustaquio Polo Rivera, a keynote speaker at the April 5, 2008, Food for Maine’s Future Local Foods Conference in Unity.

Can Now!
by Jean Ann Pollard
Life in Maine (and beyond) is changing. Our romance with a non-renewable, polluting, petroleum-gulping lifestyle is fini. We’ve eased up the slippery slope, hit the top, now we’re sliding down the other side.

Licensing the Home Food Processor Kitchen
by Cheryl Wixson
Are you interested in increasing your revenue stream by adding value to the products that you grow by manufacturing jams and jellies, or by selling additional products such as breads at farmers’ markets?
Cauliflower. Photo courtesy of Mark Hutton.

Heading Brassicas
The Maine climate is great for producing brassicas. At the 2007 Farmer-to-Farmer Conference, Mark Hutton of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Highmoor Farm in Monmouth and Jason Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman covered production methods for organic growers.

Grafting Heirloom Tomatoes
Trees and other perennials are often grafted, but is it worth the time and labor to graft annuals?


MOFGA Low-Impact Forestry Logging Experience, February 2008

by Pete Hagerty and Sam Brown

Carrot Rust Fly – An Unwelcome Summer Guest
by Eric Sideman, Ph.D.
I have lived in the same house in Greene, Maine, for over 20 years, and the carrot rust fly has been a problem only one of those years. But it was awful that one year.

Feeding Less Grain to Livestock
by Diane Schivera
The price of grain has risen sharply in the past year and probably will not be going down, so now we have to manage livestock on the least amount of purchased grain possible.

by Roberta Bailey
Cilantro is an herb that arouses extreme passions. People either love it or hate it.



The Good, the Bad and the Bully, by Jean English, Editor, The MOF&G
What a legacy: This is the 10th anniversary of The Good Life Center and the 125th anniversary of Scott Nearing's birth.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors, by Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director
The United States, and the state of Maine, have no strategy that is any more sophisticated than “more of the same” to deal with problems in the world. After all, any attempt to deal with issues of hunger, of climate change, of high and rising energy prices, of high grain prices must directly address the root causes.

An Open Letter to the Governor, by Amanda Beal, MOFGA President
Discussing the problem of childhood hunger in Maine and what can be done to address it in these challenging economic times is an important step toward mobilizing change, and I commend you for your commitment to this issue.

Organic Seed Alliance Conference Educates and Invigorates Seed Producers, by Nikos Kavanya
This winter I attended my second biennial Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) conference in Oregon.

In Passing …
Dick Parker of Camden
Sam Ristich of North Yarmouth

Big Organic; Organic Beekeeping

   In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan
   Death by Supermarket: The Fattening, Dumbing Down, and Poisoning of America, by Nancy Deville
   Balance – A Late Pastoral, by Russell Libby
   King Corn
   The Real Dirt on Farmer John
   The Organic Opportunity
Internet Resources
MOF&G Cover Summer 2008
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