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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Just Because Science Can Genetically Engineer Foods, Doesn't Mean We Should
Forbes - 8/26/2013.
By Beth Hoffman - Journalists on both sides of the argument seem to have forgotten there are many ways aside from “ science” to describe the world around us, and that there are other highly effective tools out there to solve hunger and malnutrition besides genetic engineering.
Human Activity Negatively Impacts Water Chemistry
Environmental News Network - 8/26/2013.
A recent study, published in Environmental Science and Technology journal and funded by NASA Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems, the National Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research Program, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation reported that human activity is a major factor behind acid rain and alkalinization of 97 different waterways along the east coast.
‘Cultivate’ Year Round Farm and Arts Trail Now Open
Bangor Daily News - 8/26/2013.
By Kimberley Callas - Belfast-In celebration of the arts and the art of farming, the Belfast Creative Coalition has partnered with the Maine Farmland Trust to create “Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Trail.”
Islands not immune from bee colony collapse
The Working Waterfront - 8/26/2013.
By Eliza Drury - One third of the crops grown in the United States for consumption are pollinated by bees. In Maine alone, the 60,000 acres of blueberry barrens are pollinated almost exclusively by bees, and make up a $250 million industry. Yet honey bees are suffering dramatic losses from Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), defined as a loss of greater than 30 percent of a colony quickly, and without obvious cause. One such case has been reported on North Haven.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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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