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MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center
Unity, ME, 9 am – 3 pm – Gates will open at 8:30 am
Event is FREE
On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto.
Why do we march?
- Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects.
- In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food safety for the population, is steered by ex-Monsanto executives, and we feel that’s a questionable conflict of interests and explains the lack of government-lead research on the long-term effects of GMO products.
- Recently, the U.S. Congress and president collectively passed the nicknamed “Monsanto Protection Act” that, among other things, bans courts from halting the sale of Monsanto’s genetically-modified seeds.
- For too long, Monsanto has been the benefactor of corporate subsidies and political favoritism. Organic and small farmers suffer losses while Monsanto continues to forge its monopoly over the world’s food supply, including exclusive patenting rights over seeds and genetic makeup.
- Monsanto’s GMO seeds are harmful to the environment; for example, scientists have indicated they have caused colony collapse among the world’s bee population.
More info HERE
Events in Maine and Beyond – Mark Your Calendar!
MOFGA’s Chainsaw Safety, Level I
May 4, Cambridge, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 19, Bethel, Me., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Come join us May 4th in Cambridge, Maine, or May 19th in Bethel, Maine. This one-day course covers all the fundamentals of safe and effective chainsaw operation. Whether you are an aspiring logger, woodlot manager, or plan to use a chainsaw occasionally this course is invaluable. The chainsaw is an amazingly powerful tool, and without proper training and knowledge it can be a very dangerous tool. Work with our highly skilled instructors for the day and learn to use your chainsaw safely. Register at the online MOFGA Store.
May 17 to 19 – Northeast Livestock Expo, Windsor Fairgrounds. www.northeastlivestockexpo.com/
May 19 – FAMACHA Workshops for Sheep and Goat Producers. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Northeast Livestock Expo (NELE) on the Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor, Maine. Presented by Dr. Thomas Settlemire and Dr. Richard Brzozowski. Participants will receive an information packet, record sheets and a FAMACHA card. $20.00 per farm. Register online or download the registration form (PDF) and mail it in with a check for $20.00 made payable to “University of Maine Cooperative Extension” at least one week in advance of the workshop to: FAMACHA Workshop/UMaine Cooperative Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth, ME 04105. Website. Continue Reading →
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Hi Friends of Futurefarmers,
GROWING FARMERS, a documentary highlighting the new generation of farmers on Long Island and the struggles and triumphs of the farming community, premiered at the 2012 Hamptons International Film Festival and won the audience award for Best Short Film. The film includes interviews with Long Island farmers including Sylvester Manor Board Member and Quail Hill Farm Director Scott Chaskey. Film co-producer Hilary Leff will be at the screening along with Sylvester Manor Board Member Sara Gordon and Farm Manager Julia Trunzo to lead a round table discussion with the audience and other local farmers including Herb Strobel, Fred Lee, Chris Browder, and more!
The screening will take place at Sylvester Manor on Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
WATCH THE TRAILER HERE
AMERICAN FARMLAND TRUST: NO FARMS NO FOOD RALLY MARCH 13, 2013
“We are thrilled to support the No Farms No Food rally and help our listeners make the connection between protecting farmland and our ability to eat regionally grown foods.”
–Erin Fairbanks, Executive Director, Heritage Radio Network
HeritageRadioNetwork.org (HRN) joins the American Farmland Trust (AFT) New York State office, as the “official” unofficial voice of the 2013 No Farms No Food Rally. The New York State office of the AFT, farmers, local food advocates, land trust staff, and community leaders join together on Wednesday, March 13th at the State Capital in Albany, NY to have their voices heard. In its fourth year, No Farms No Food Rally, will take to the halls of the State Capital to meet with State Legislators and urge them to support farm and food economies, protect farmland from development, and increase access to locally grown food for all New Yorkers. HRN will be there to tell the stories of these passionate communities coming together to support strong New York farm and food economies. Continue Reading →
It started yesterday and continues through March 17! The CIW March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food
The Fair Food movement began nearly thirteen years ago, in February of 2000, when farmworkers from Immokalee — who until then had been largely locked in anonymous battle with Florida tomato growers within the boundaries of Immokalee — joined forces with students, people of faith, and everyday consumers to take their call for “Dignity, Dialogue, and a Fair Wage” on the road. With little more than a map to guide them, a field truck to carry their supplies, and a 12-ft tall replica of the Statue of Liberty made of fabric, plaster and duct tape to lead the way, they took off on a two-week long trek from Ft. Myers to the offices of the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association in Orlando.
Among the marchers’ number were several workers whose testimony led to convictions in two seminal slavery prosecutions (US vs. Flores, US vs. Cuello); an 18-yr old Romeo Ramirez, 23-yr old Lucas Benitez, and 22-yr old Julia Gabriel who three years later would receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for their leadership in the struggle for farmworker rights; and the core of young student activists who came together in the wake of those two unforgettable weeks to form the Student/Farmworker Alliance, now a key ally in the Fair Food movement. The march marked the first major excursion of Immokalee farmworkers outside the confines of southwest Florida and onto the cognitive map of the nation as a creative, and courageous, new force for social change.
The Fair Food movement is returning to its roots. March 3-17 we are taking to the streets again in a two-week march, from Ft. Myers to Publix headquarters in Lakeland, the “March for Rights, Respect and Fair Food.”
Linda Hussa writes and ranches cattle and sheep in California’s farthest northeast corner, on the edge of the Black Rock Desert. She is the author of seven books of poetry and non-fiction, all of which artfully explore rural lives and work—their struggles as well as their joys. Hussa has won numerous awards, including the “Willa,” given in the name of Willa Cather by Women Writing the West. She has recently been nominated to the Cowgirl Hall of Fame for her work as a poet, writer, rancher, historian, and activist.
Hussa will read her poetry, and be joined in conversation by guest curator Lisa M. Hamilton, whose own work explores agriculture and rural communities. Hamilton features Hussa in the current photographic exhibition exploring rural California; indeed it was Hussa’s own words that gave the exhibition its title, “I See Beauty in this Life.”