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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practices

Crops

May 9, 2018
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $100; discounts for MOFGA members

This one-day immersion course is designed for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Department and organic farmers for a one-day introductory course in organic farming. Lunch will be provided.

The day will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. MOFGA’s Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist, and Dave Colson, Agricultural Services Director, will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils, and cover plant families. After lunch we will tour a neighboring farm.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The folly of big agriculture: why nature always wins
Yale Environment 360 - 4/9/2012.
By Verlyn Klinkenborg – In its short, shameless history, big agriculture has had only one big idea: uniformity. The obvious example is corn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that American farmers — big farmers — will plant 94 million acres of corn this year. That’s the equivalent of planting corn on every inch of Montana.
Sustainably feeding a changing world
The New York Times - 4/7/2012.
Editorial – One of the biggest challenges facing this planet isn’t simply feeding a growing population – perhaps as many as 10 billion by the year 2100. The challenge is feeding all those people as the climate changes in ways we can barely project.
Common pesticides associated with lower birth weight, shortened pregnancy
Common Dreams - 4/6/2012.
Oakland, Calif. – A new study is reinforcing obstetricians’ standard warning that pregnant women should avoid exposure to pesticides in foods and weed killers because the chemicals can harm the developing fetus.
Monsanto threatens to sue Vermont if legislators pass a bill requiring GMO food to be labeled
Alternet - 4/5/2012.
By Will Allen and Ronnie Cummins – The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont. Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes.
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