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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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Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

Saturday, June 17, 2017


This free event features participatory workshops on sustainable living skills. Come dressed for the weather, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!

Workshops to explore … Gardening skills, Foraging for Food and Natural Medicine, Upcyling, Cooking techniques from Vegan dishes to Popcorn Balls, Fiber Arts from Sheep to Shawl, Scything, and much more!

Admission and parking are FREE and all workshops are led by volunteers. Materials have been donated and you can take home many of your workshop creations. There is nothing to buy … but there are some things you can bring to contribute to the fun!

Please bring a dish to share at our Potluck Picnic Lunch or ingredients for the Stone Soup we’ll make on site!

You can also bring plants to share at our Plant Swap!

All the opportunities to give and take help us move toward a gift economy! Like to mow with scythes? Or want to learn? The day begins at 7 a.m. with team mowing of the Amphitheater. Tea & Crumpets welcome participants at 9am; hourly workshops begin at 9:30am and run until 4:30 p.m. with the noon hour off for a Potluck Picnic Lunch.

To volunteer contact Anna Libby 207-568-4142 or
alibby@mofga.org. MORE INFORMATION

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Port Clyde co-op helps fishermen make most of catch
Bangor Daily News - 3/5/2010.
By Heather Steeves – Port Clyde: A group of local fishermen has discovered that a way to do work sustainably also may be what keeps them financially afloat in an era of new, tighter federal regulations and quotas. A dozen commercial fishermen in Port Clyde are allowed to catch fewer fish than ever, but by processing and selling their own catches, the fishermen say they are making more money with less product. And if the fishermen are getting the right price for their work, they don’t have to overfish – which was why the Port Clyde Fresh Catch fishing cooperative was founded in the first place.
The true cost of cheap food
Resurgence - 3/5/2010.
By Timothy Wise – Cheap food causes hunger. On its face, the statement makes no sense. If food is cheaper it’s more affordable and more people should be able to get an adequate diet. That is true for people who buy food, such as those living in cities. But it is quite obviously not true if you’re the one growing the food. You’re getting less for your crops, less for your work, less for your family to live on. That is as true for Vermont dairy farmers as it is for rice farmers in the Philippines.
Monsanto seeks state approval for new modified corn
Kennebec Journal - 3/5/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: The state Board of Pesticides Control is considering an application from multinational biotech company Monsanto to register a new genetically engineered corn with a built-in pesticide for use in Maine. Monsanto has applied to register its new Bacillus thuringiensis corn product – also known as Bt corn. In July 2007, the board first approved product registration requests for several Bt field corns. Since then, 18 modified seeds have been allowed to be planted in Maine. The total acreage of Bt corn planted in Maine last year was 4,005. In Kennebec County, 1,837 acres of it were planted – more than any other county.
Shrimp season, market strong
Bangor Daily News - 3/4/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Ellsworth: Shrimpers are having a whale of a season. Well, it might not be that huge, but relatively speaking the amount of shrimp being caught in Maine waters and the price it is fetching on the market are both doing well this year, according to officials.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 31 - MOFGA Farm Training Project Communication Kick-Off! Potluck Social!

June 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show

June 5 - Fiber Farming

June 15 - Cover Crops

June 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 21 - Organic Livestock Management

June 24 - Summer Orchard Care

July 6 - Medicinal Herbs

July 20 - High Tunnel Construction

July 27 - Weed Management

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August TBD - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September TBD - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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