Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


How to rewild your garden: ditch chemicals and decorate the concrete

May 30, 2018 – By Patrick Barkham, The Guardian – Rewilding excites people with its images of wolves and ambition to return entire landscapes to nature as humans withdraw after centuries of domination. But the grandeur of rewilding can also make the concept seem remote or irrelevant to people living ever more urban lives.

Strolling of the Heifers touts health and wellness

May 29, 2018 – By Chris Mays, Brattleboro Reformer – Health and wellness are becoming more and more of a focus at the Strolling of the Heifers as interest in these topics grows among those who attend the event.

Emerald Ash Borer Discovered in Maine

May 29, 2018 – By John Bott, Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry – Officials at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) report that emerald ash borer (EAB) has been found in Maine. Despite an aggressive search for at least a decade, the destructive forest insect from Asia had not been detected in Maine previously. It has killed hundreds of millions of ash trees in thirty-four states throughout the country. The estimated commercial (unprocessed) value of Maine ash trees is approximately $320 million.

Kelsey Kobik has a special eye for photographing farm workers

May 27, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Kelsey Kobik takes beautiful photographs of agricultural life for groups like the Maine Federation of Farmers Markets and Maine Farmland Trust. We wanted to know how a native of Cape May, New Jersey, who studied history and South Asian languages at Syracuse University, ended up getting the insider’s view of places like Goranson Farm in Dresden, so we called her up to ask. It turns out she weeded, picked and sowed her way into this world as a seasonal farm worker.

Lewiston’s New Roots Farming Co-Op Is Blossoming

May 27, 2018 – By Caitlin Troutman – On a farm in Lewiston, fresh garlic is growing plentifully, and beet greens and spinach are popping out of the ground across three acres of farmland. Not long ago, though, there wasn’t anything growing here.

OTA launches pilot to deter organic fraud

May 25, 2018 – By Ashley Nickle, The Packer – Eleven Organic Trade Association members – including one fresh produce company – are participating in a pilot program to deter organic fraud.

The Secret Turnip

May 24, 2018 – By Ari Levaux, Shepherd Express – The words "salad" and "turnip" rarely appear in the same sentence, much less the same room at the same time. That dense, pungent root, which must be cooked to be rendered edible, is a winter storage crop, the one you eat when all the potatoes and carrots are gone from the root cellar. A salad of mild leafy greens is the antithesis, in terms of flavor, season and plant parts, from the spicy white roots known as turnips. But a "salad turnip" does exist, and it is so sweet, tender and crispy that it contradicts the notion that a salad turnip is a contradiction.