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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes
April 8, 2015
6 to 9 p.m.
At adult education programs across the state!
Registration fees: $5 to cover handouts



Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?

Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners.

Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. The workshops are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels.

Class locations and more information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Flame retardants found in butter
Discovery News - 12/7/2010.
By Emily Sohn – As part of an ongoing investigation into chemicals in our food supply, scientists found extremely high concentrations of a flame-retardant compound in a supermarket sample of brand-name butter.
Home-grown
Boston Globe - 12/7/2010.
By Nancy Heiser – This fall, Katherine Creswell, 27, spent a month eating only food from Maine. She manages the organic garden at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Climate change to kill 5 million people globally by 2020
Treehugger - 12/7/2010.
By Matthew McDermott – Each year there are 350,000 people dying due to climate change, with a total death toll by 2020 of five million; each year after that deaths from climate change are likely to be as high as one million people annually – that is unless we take action to soften the blow with immediate and rapid greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Benefit supper at Perry School helps dairy farmer
Bangor Daily News - 12/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: Dairy farmer Herb McPhail tensely clutched a coffee cup and hung around outside the Perry School gymnasium, pacing in the hallway. Inside the gym were more than 200 friends and strangers who had come together to help McPhail. “I never in my life thought I’d see a benefit for a Maine dairy farmer,” said Bill Eldridge, executive director of Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. – one of the event sponsors and the company that buys McPhail’s milk.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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