Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
 

30 Years of Common Ground
By John Bunker, MOFGA President
One way or another, whenever September rolls around, I find myself at the Fair. Although I’ve never served as Fair Director or been on the Fair Steering Committee, I have had the privilege of participating in a number of different ways, and the good fortune of never missing a Fair. I’ve also been keeping a journal these past 30 years. Recently I took a trip through the dust on the living room shelf to reminisce.

Another Way to Build CSAs
By Jean English
Consumers don’t have to wait for a farmer to start a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm; instead, they can organize themselves into a group and then find a farmer or farmers to grow food for them. In the June-August 2006 issue of The MOF&G, we featured efforts of MOFGA and the Maine Council of Churches to start new CSA farms through congregations. The Farm Direct Co-op based in Marblehead, Mass., offers another model.

Growing “Housetrees” from Seed
By Larry Lack and Lee Ann Ward
It all started with an avocado, most likely, or maybe a lemon, a grapefruit or a pomegranate. We grew a few of each of these easy-to-start plants for fun and managed to mature some into healthy and appealing little trees.

Raw Milk Makes a Comeback in Maine
By Craig Idlebrook
Ken Ayers, herbal nutritional educator at John Edwards Market in Ellsworth, reports that raw milk has been a huge seller since they’ve been carrying it. They can never order enough to meet demand. "We’ve got people going out of here with six or seven half-gallons of it," he says.

Low-Impact Forestry and MOFGA
By Mitch Lansky
In the 1990s, a group of landowners, foresters and loggers sought a healthier alternative to industrial and mining forestry. This “Low-Impact Forestry” group recognized that negative impacts of logging can be minimized so that the remaining forest resembles a natural forest. This alternative starts with the forest as ecosystem and seeks to manage for long-term benefits, not for one cut.

The History of MOFGA and the Common Ground Fair
This year MOFGA celebrates its 35th anniversary, and the Common Ground Country Fair is 30 years old. A first Fair that was supposed to attract 2,000 and help pay the bills for a few more months but ended up with 10,000 participants, a dedicated and hardworking staff, and, most amazingly and wonderfully, thousands of joyful volunteers. Here are some highlights from our three-plus decades.

Tips for Livestock Care
By Diane Schivera
Highlights from the New England Sustainable Livestock Conference in Vermont and MOFGA’s Livestock Health workshop featuring Hue Karreman, a holistic veterinarian from Pennsylvania, and Jim and Nancy Gardiner, dairy farmers from Otselic, New York.

Basics of Organic Soil Fertility
By Eric Sideman, Ph.D.
How well a plant grows is most often based on the availability of these other nutrients, because carbon dioxide and water are usually plentiful. This is where soil comes into the picture.

Harvest Kitchen: A Celebration of the Harvest
By Roberta Bailey
So as we gardeners come to the final frost, I propose harvest celebrations, great feasts with whatever has survived this growing season. Here are a few recipes, all featuring different crops.

Letters
Likes Ethanol, Debates Pimentel
Market for Maine Apples?

Editorials

First Carrot
By John Bunker, MOFGA President

A Robin’s Song
By Russell Libby, MOFGA Executive Director

Thirty-Five Years of ‘Sisu’ and Synergy
By Jean English, Editor, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

Book Reviews
The Humanure Handbook
The Dire Elegies

 

News

MOFGA Notes

Two New Faces at MOFGA; One More Sought

MOFGA Hires Marketing Staff

Maine Meals Menu Contest

Volunteer Dinner a Delicious Success

Unity College and MOFGA Partner to Offer Sustainable Agriculture Practicum

MOFGA – El Salvador Sistering Committee News

Volunteer Profile
Summer and Caleb Higgins