Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Combating the Climate Crisis Through Conservation

July 10, 2020 – National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition – Last week, the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis released its highly anticipated report, outlining policy recommendations for Congress to implement for the U.S. to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The report included a chapter on agriculture, recognizing its critical role in our efforts to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Many of the provisions from the Agriculture Resilience Act (ARA), the most comprehensive piece of legislation addressing agriculture and climate change introduced in Congress, were included in the Select Committee’s report.


Maple syrup producers push for federal assistance

July 10, 2020 – By Andrea Swiedon, Sun Journal – The long-term effects of the coronavirus on the maple syrup industry are becoming more clear with a flooded wholesale market and usual retail outlets halted. The Maine Maple Association and Maine delegates have petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to consider maple syrup as an eligible crop to receive aid from the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.


USDA proposes organic enforcement rule, suggests user fees

July 9, 2020 – By Tom Karst, Ag Web – A proposed rule will revise U.S. Department of Agriculture organic regulations to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products, according to the agency.


400 Years After Its First Apple Farm, Boston Remains an Urban Orchard

July 8, 2020 – By Reina Gattuso, Atlas Obscura – John Bunker normally searches for heirloom apple trees in the fields and forests of rural Maine, but on a trip to Boston, he stumbled upon one in an unexpected place: an ice-cream-parlor parking lot. An expert on American heirloom apples, particularly those of Maine, Bunker has been investigating, preserving, and growing nearly forgotten apple cultivars since he graduated college and immediately bought a parcel of Maine farmland in the 1970s.


The lives upended around a $20 cheeseburger

July 7, 2020 – By Jessica Contrera, The Washington Post – A cash-strapped rancher, a virus-stricken meatpacker, an underpaid chef, a hungry engineer: The journey of a single burger during a pandemic.


Organic Trade Association’s Board backs sweeping farm workforce reform

July 7, 2020 – Organic Trade Assoc., GlobNewswire – The Board of Directors of the Organic Trade Association has voted unanimously to take strong action to support the health, safety and legal standing of the nation’s farmworkers, and called for more attention to be paid to the well-being of this vital workforce that is toiling under the cloud of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Amish farm brings ‘U-Pick’ strawberries to Hodgdon

July 7, 2020 – By Alexander MacDougall, The County – On a quiet stretch of farmland along Lincoln Road in Hodgdon, Jethro Yoder hopes his family’s farm can help usher in a new wave of organic produce in Aroostook County.