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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We have reached our $6,000 goal!

Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, we raised more than $6,000 toward our effort to help seven organic farmers offer half-price CSA shares of healthy, organic food to low-income Maine families! We are so grateful to all of you! This fundraiser runs until May 27, and donations are still welcomed.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
GM salmon can breed with wild fish and pass on genes
BBC News - 5/29/2013.
By Rebecca Morelle - Scientists from Canada have found that transgenic Atlantic salmon can cross-breed with a closely related species - the brown trout.
Identity of major MOOMilk investor revealed
Bangor Daily News - 5/29/2013.
By Whit Richardson - On May 22, I reported that MOOMilk, an organic milk producer based in Augusta, had just received an anonymous $3 million equity investment, the largest single investment in the company’s history. The investor is Norman Cloutier, co-founder and former CEO of United Natural Foods Inc.
Pass LD 1181
Bangor Daily News - 5/29/2013.
Letter to the editor by Chris Hamilton - Protecting pregnant mothers and our children from harmful chemicals seems like an issue everyone can agree on. The Legislature is presently considering a bill - LD 1181, An Act to Further Strengthen the Protection of Pregnant Women and Children from Toxic Chemicals. This bill would move us closer to getting bisphenol A and other toxic chemicals out of our food supply.
GM 'hybrid' fish pose threat to natural populations, scientists warn
The Guardian [UK] - 5/29/2013.
By Damian Carrington - The offspring of genetically modified salmon and wild brown trout are even faster growing and more competitive than either of their parents, a new study has revealed, increasing fears that GM animals escaping into the wild could harm natural populations.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing


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