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

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops
Weekly, June through September
at farm locations throughout Maine
Free


Designed to augment the on-farm learning of the farm apprenticeship program, MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by a presentation on the topic of the day. Participants are invited to stay for a potluck supper – bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share (please bring your own place setting as well). All events are held rain or shine and are free and open to the public. For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 568-6018, email education@mofga.org, or check the FTP website.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Why is the FDA about to rubber-stamp GE salmon
Grist - 9/20/2010.
By Jill Richardson – An FDA special committee is meeting right now to determine whether a GE fish – AquAdvantage salmon, genetically engineered by AquaBounty Technologies to reach mature size more quickly, thanks to genes from the Chinook salmon and from the eel-like ocean pout – is safe for human consumption.
Human study to BPA greatly underestimated
The New York Times - 9/20/2010.
By Gayathri Vaidyanathan – Americans are likely to be exposed at higher levels than previously thought to bisphenol A, a compound that mimics hormones important to human development and is found in more than 90 percent of people in the United States, according to new research.
Iowa looks to Maine for egg farm rules
Kennebec Journal - 9/19/2010.
Editorial – When a national egg recall involved farms far away in Iowa, we were not surprised to hear a familiar name. Jack Decoster, a Maine native and notorious owner of egg farms here, has a long record in this state of paying fines and settlements for worker health and safety violations, as well as animal cruelty.
Frosts made slim pickings of apple crop
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Lynne Tuohy – Concord, N.H.: The answering machine message at Spiller Farms in Wells, Maine, cuts to the chase: "May 11 froze our apple crop." While many apple growers across the nation are enjoying an earlier-than-usual harvest, many in New England and parts of the Upper Midwest are reeling from the effects of two hard frosts in May.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

June 28 - Sticking to the Plan

June 28 - Mushroom Cultivation

June 29 - Wild Plant Walk with Tom Seymour

July 6 - Medicinal Herbs

July 12 - New Tools for New Farmers: Marketing and Social Media

July 12 - Garden Pest & Disease Walk at a Community Garden

July 20 - High Tunnel Construction

July 25 - How to Establish and Manage Alfalfa in Rotation

July 26 - Seaweed Nursery Tour

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 7 - Garden Walk with MOFGA Members June & Adam

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 15 - Explore a Fiber Farm

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 24 - Cover Crop Demo

August 29 - Homestead Walk with MOFGA Board Member Eli Berry

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September 5 - Orchard Tour with John Bunker and Cammy Watts

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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