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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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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practice


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farm pesticides linked to deadly skin cancer
Environmental Health News - 3/31/2010.
By Gordon Shetler – Workers who apply certain pesticides to farm fields are twice as likely to contract melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, according to a new scientific study. The researchers identified six pesticides that, with repeated exposure, doubled the risk of skin cancer among farmers and other workers who applied them to crops.
Syrup industry optimistic on yield
Bangor Daily News - 3/30/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Bangor: Maple syrup producers in Maine are holding out hope for a strong year, despite reports in some areas that the season has been lackluster at best.
The best easy growing projects
The Guardian [UK] - 3/30/2010.
Aspiring gardeners need to start early. Here is a selection of great seasonal ideas for budding green fingers. Example: Broad Beans. When to sow: March. One to whet their appetite for growing things. Rinse a clean jam jar, leaving it wet inside. Put in a folded piece of kitchen roll and press it up against the glass. Put a broad bean seed between the kitchen roll and the glass and leave on the windowsill …
The toxic timebomb: researchers say gender-bending chemicals are rife but are they just the tip of the iceberg?
Daily Mail [UK] - 3/30/2010.
By Jane Symons – Autism: Organophosphates are found in many agricultural pesticides and increase the risk of autism. A study in the journal Molecular Psychiatry identified three gene variants which make some people more susceptible to neural damage caused by organophosphates; exposure to residues could be contributing to the increase in autism, said the researchers.
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May 20-22 - Northeast Livestock Expo

May 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Level 1 for Women at Hidden Valley Nature Center

May 24-25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

June 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Organic Goat Dairy

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Organic Livestock Management

June 11 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 11 - Pest & Soil Walk with Hands-On Soil Testing

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Hand Tool Demonstration

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