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

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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bills Seek To Protect Organic Crops From GE Seeds
Maine Public Broadcasting - 4/17/2009.
By A.J. Higgins – Are Maine's farmers benefitting from biotechnology or are they really planting the seeds of their own destruction? That's one of the questions confronting the Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee. Today the Committee took up several bills dealing with genetically engineered seeds and the preservation of organically grown crops. And farmers are trying to find common ground on the issue.
Husson talks involve ethics, animal rights
Bangor Daily News - 4/17/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Bangor: When eating an omelet, should the diner consider whether the chicken that provided the egg lived in a cage or roamed free? Should the chicken’s quality of life even be considered?
Earth day reflections on food as an environmental issue
Grist - 4/17/2009.
By Tom Philpott – The rise of industrial agriculture in the 20th century dramatically expanded our distance from the processes that sustain us. In a sense, most of us now live like royalty – separated from the land, as removed as we choose to be from the drudgery of growing and cooking food, with the ability to procure food from dizzying distances with little more than a finger snap.
Bees rejoice: one potential cause of Colony Collapse Disorder identified
Treehugger - 4/17/2009.
By Michael Graham Richard – Colony collapse disorder has been attributed to all kinds of things like pesticides, cell phones, fungus, different viruses, GMOs, etc. But according to a study published in the journal Environmental Microbiology Reports, the sole culprit (at least in the cases studied) seems to be the parasitic fungi Nosema ceranae.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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