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

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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
Oakland business using local apples and maple syrup for hand-crafted alcohol
Bangor Daily News - 3/18/2011.
By Christopher Cousins. Tree Spirits Winery and Distillery in Oakland is producing what its owners say is probably a one-of-a-kind liquor: Knotted Maple. Made from Maine maple syrup, it's as any hard liquor and much smoother than most people expect. Distillery co-owner Steve Buchsbaum likened its taste to a smooth Scotch.
Processed food makes us sick, adds costs to our health care
Kennebec Journal - 3/18/2011.
By Denis Thoet – There is nothing like a few up-to-date facts to jolt us into the reality that processed food is making us sick and costing our health care system a lot of money. A recent study published in The Lancet, a British medical journal, showed that a diet of whole foods could reduce the incidence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by 64 percent.
Farmers expected to testify in favor of local food processing and sales bills
Bangor Daily News - 3/18/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: Rep. Walter A. Kumiega had been buying raw milk from a local farmer for a while when the farmer told him he was running into some serious problems. “He was being told [by the Maine Department of Agriculture] that he can’t advertise, that he needed a special license,” Kumiega said. The farmer was delivering his raw milk to a local buying club, not stores, and felt the regulations were unfair.
Forget the gloom – new ways of living and organizing our economy are flourishing
Grist - 3/17/2011.
By Tom Philpott – While digging into the industry's routine abuse of farmers and reckless endangering of public health, I was haunted by the thought that these were the folks on whom we're supposed to be counting to "feed the world" going forward, according to the likes of The Economist and certain factions of the Obama administration. Sigh.
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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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