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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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Beginning Beekeeping
with David Smith
Saturday, February 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event.

Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, such as where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your first hive and get it through the first season.

Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Wiscasset farm to celebrate apple harvest
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2009.
By Deborah Sayer – Morris Farm, a nonprofit agricultural education operation in Wiscasset, will celebrate apple harvest season Saturday by offering free cider-making and apple identification opportunities to the public. Community members are invited to bring in their own apples and containers to make homemade cider using the farm's old-fashioned, hand-cranked wooden apple press and learn about the origins of apples growing in their backyard.
One tasty partnership
Portland Press Herald - 9/30/2009.
By Meredith Goad – East Waterboro: Rich Boucher and Diane Knight of Alfred have become regulars at Raven Hill Orchard and Farm ever since they discovered its from-scratch baked goods last fall and began hanging out in the farm's cozy loft while sipping fresh-roasted coffee and playing board games for hours. On Sunday night, at a New England game dinner attended by 26 people, the couple raved about a brunch they'd had recently at the orchard.
Business is vine and dandy
Bangor Daily News - 9/30/2009.
By Christopher Cousins – Madison: A single greenhouse that covers 24 acres is so huge that it’s hard to fathom, but for Backyard Farms of Madison, it wasn’t big enough by a long shot.
Common Ground Country Fair draws quite a crowd
Village Soup - 9/29/2009.
By Holly S. Anderson – Unity: This year's Common Ground Country Fair weekend has come and gone, and for those who headed out early, the weather made for a fine time – at least during the first two days. Despite Sunday's drizzly weather, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association reported Sept. 28 that 52,000 people flocked to the fair over the weekend, marking the third-highest attendance since the fair relocated to its permanent home in Unity.
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