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Phone: 207-568-4142
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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Hands-on kind of student digs lot deeper than most
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/12/2011.
By Edward D. Murphy – Portland: Emma Robinson broke some ground at Casco Bay High School, literally and figuratively. Her "intensive" at the school, a week-long exploration of a subject involving the whole school, led to the creation of a community garden which should provide fresh vegetables for the school's lunches.
Rockweed harvesting concerns likely will resurface
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/12/2011.
By Beth Quimby – So far James Young of Windham has had no complaints as a rockweed harvester in New Meadows River between Bath and Brunswick. But Young, who switched this year to rockweed after 20 years as a sea urchin diver, said he doesn't know what to expect when he heads Down East later this season.
Improving school food: do it now or pay the price later
Civil Eats - 6/11/2011.
By Kari Hamerschlag – On May 30, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee voted to cripple the nation’s budding effort to do something about the woeful quality of school food and make America’s kids healthier. Ignoring the mandate to develop science-based, healthy food standards under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the committee’s bill directs the USDA to ensure that its standards will not increase costs to schools.
A people-center approach to improve access to food
Energy Bulletin - 6/10/2011.
By Matt Styslinger – According to Alexandra Spieldoch, Coordinator of the Network of Women Ministers and Leaders in Agriculture, simply producing more food will not eradicate world hunger. Spieldoch believes that the ongoing global food crisis – fueled by social unrest and climate instability – requires governments to take a comprehensive, people-centered approach to support small-scale farmers and to put access to food above overall production.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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