Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Annual Empty Bowl Supper in Belfast

April 19, 2018 – The Republican Journal – The annual Empty Bowl Supper, a benefit for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's work, will celebrate 17 years of sistering and solidarity between small-scale and organic farmers in Maine and El Salvador Saturday evening, April 28.

Vermont Tomato Farmer Leads Defense of Organic Principles

April 18, 2018 – By Melissa Pasanen, Seven Days – The weather forecast in East Thetford on a recent Friday called for snow flurries, but stepping into a greenhouse on Dave Chapman's Long Wind Farm evoked a very different season.

Sustainability in pasture-based dairy farming

April 17, 2018 – By Craig Galloway, Farmer’s Weekly Magazine – One of the questions modern farmers face is whether they can farm in an environmentally sustainable, yet profitable, way. Craig Galloway provided the answer in his PhD thesis on the sustainability of pasture-based dairy farms.

Biochar and Sustainable Agriculture

April 1, 2018 – By Jeff Schahczenski, NCAT – This publication reviews the current research and issues surrounding the production and use of this biomass energy technology and explores how biochar can contribute to sustainable agriculture. It focuses on the use of sustainable biochar with the intention of adding it to crop production systems and possible benefits for climate change mitigation.

Emerald ash borer confirmed in two more counties

March 26, 2018 – Vermont Business Magazine – The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) announced today that the emerald ash borer (EAB) has been detected in two additional Vermont counties. Samples were collected in Washington County and Caledonia County on March 16 during a survey for the insect. Samples collected from three Vermont counties have now been confirmed to be emerald ash borer by USDA taxonomists. It was first found in Orange County in February.

No need to bring this teacher an apple – he’s got a whole seed bank in Waldoboro

March 18, 2018 –  By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – Sometime around 1990, Waldoboro school teacher Neil Lash was watching the PBS program “The Victory Garden” when Kent Whealy appeared on the screen. Whealy had co-founded Seed Savers Exchange, one of the largest non-governmental seed banks in the United States and as he talked about the work they done with heirloom seeds, including some that had been brought to the United States on the Mayflower, Lash was struck by an inspiration.