Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Maine Roadtrip to the Future and Proactivist House Tour

January 10, 2019 – By Charles Hudson and Andy Burt, Down to Earth Storytelling Project – Andy, Charlie and volunteers from the Sierra Club Maine Chapter presented a copy of Maine Roadtrip to the Future and a complementary informative tabloid produced by the Maine Chapter to legislators and the governor on January 9.


To Prevent Fires, One California Town Says ‘Goat Fund Me’

January 10, 2019 – By Matt Simon, Wired – Nestled in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains is the quaint Gold Rush town of Nevada City. Surrounded by unkempt brush, the old, highly flammable city is in danger: With California’s wildfires raging with unprecedented ferocity in recent years, one spark could doom Nevada City to the same fate that neighboring Paradise met in November.


Organic farming is on the rise in the U.S.

January 10, 2019 – By Kristen Bialik and Kristi Walker, Pew Research Center – There were more than 14,000 certified organic farms in the United States in 2016, according to the latest available data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This represents a 56% increase from 2011, the earliest comparable year. And while California remains king when it comes to the number of organic farms, several other states saw dramatic growth in organic farming over this time, particularly in the South.


Court Rules Iowa Ag-Gag Law Unconstitutional in Major Victory for Free Speech and Animal Protection

January 9, 2019 – Animal Legal Defense Fund – Today the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa struck down the Iowa Ag-Gag law, holding that the ban on undercover investigations at factory farms and slaughterhouses violates the First Amendment. In 2017, the Animal Legal Defense Fund led a coalition of animal, environmental, and community advocacy groups in challenging the law’s constitutionality. Federal courts similarly struck down Ag-Gag laws in Idaho and Utah as unconstitutional.


Arborists are bringing the “dinosaur of trees” back to life

January 9, 2019 – By Ephrat Livni, Quartz – Imagine scientists reviving giant creatures that once roamed the Earth. Well, that’s what arborists are doing today, only they’re cloning saplings from the stumps of the world’s largest, strongest, and longest-lived trees – felled for timber more than a century ago – to create redwood “super groves” that can help fight climate change.


U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims

January 3, 2019 – By Tina Bellon, Reuters – A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases.


How hormone-disrupting chemicals may harm our health

January 3, 2019 – Interview with Dr. Leonardo Tresande, author of “Sicker Fatter Poorer.” He cites pesticides as one source of endocrine disruptors and notes the importance of eating organic foods, avoiding canned foods, etc.


Growing an Orchard

January 2, 2019 – By Sarah Hinckley, Mt. Desert Islander – Johnny Appleseed carried a sack of seeds. Mike Mansolilli invests in rootstock with a similar goal in mind: to grow as many apple trees as possible.