Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Does livestock grazing benefit organic crops? Multistate research team explores impacts

May 20, 2020 – By Pam Kan-Rice and Ann Filmer, University of California Davis – Livestock grazing could be beneficial for organic farming systems. To see if the practice poses any food safety risks, university, government, and nonprofit partners will receive a nearly $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Multistate Program grant to study the impacts of livestock grazing of cover crops on bacterial population dynamics, soil building, and environmental health.


Farmers Feeding Families Act Would Prioritize Local Relief Efforts

May 20, 2020 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – With the official unemployment rate approaching 15 percent, the number of food insecure families is growing. This can be seen in a dramatic increase in applications for SNAP benefits and in the long lines at food banks and emergency feeding sites across the country. This difficult situation is made even worse because as the demand for food from struggling families surges, many farmers have surplus food available as they have lost their customers due to closures of farmers markets, schools, and restaurants.


Historic agreement gives monarch butterflies the ‘right-of-way’

May 20, 2020 – By Liz Kimbrough, Mongabay – The side of the road isn’t usually thought of as ideal habitat. But for insects, such as butterflies and their caterpillars, the long expanses of land along roads and utility corridors add up to a considerable amount of home turf.


As grilling season hits, could regulation rethink help with meat shortages?

May 20, 2020 – By Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor – When the “most hated man in Washington” suddenly gains 20 new co-sponsors for his bill, it must signal a pressing need. And among the countless problems created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps one of the most urgent has been the strain on America’s meat supply chain.


Charting the spread of Covid-19 in the food system

May 19, 2020 – By Leah Douglas, Food & Environment Reporting Network – Food industry workers have experienced some of the fastest-growing rates of Covid-19, which FERN has been closely tracking in the food system since mid-April. The charts below draw out some trends from that data, including the states with the most severe outbreaks, which companies have the highest number of cases, and what types of plants have experienced the largest outbreaks.


Pemaquid Falls Farm Opens Online Farmers Market

May 19, 2020 – The Lincoln County News – In an effort to help supply the community with food during COVID-19, Pemaquid Falls Farm has begun offering a weekly online farmers market at where customers can safely shop for local produce and food products for curbside pickup at the farm. The market includes seasonal produce, seedlings, and pasture-raised eggs, as well as local grains, baked goods, milk, cheese, syrup, honey, coffee, ferments, flowers, and more from small farms and food producers in Maine. The farm has also partnered with Riverside Butcher of Damariscotta to make purchases of their meat and provisions available for pickup at the farm in Pemaquid.


America’s Killer Lawns

May 18, 2020 – By Margaret Renkl, The New York Times – Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards.


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