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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists
The Guardian [UK] - 4/5/2011.
By Fiona Harvey – Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.
The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars
Grist - 4/5/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Over on Civil Eats, Andrea Jezovit has put together a terrific interactive chart on the U.S. diet. Using USDA data for "average daily calories available per capita, adjusted for spoilage and waste," it tracks our eating habits since 1970, separating our foodstuffs into basic categories: grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, proteins ("meat, eggs, and nuts"), added sugars, and added fats.
Maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds – and a whole lot of sugar
Treehugger - 4/4/2011.
By Lloyd Alter – We Canadians love our maple syrup and have been making it for a long time, but in the end, I would have said that, like the argument over real sugar vs high fructose corn syrup, it's all just another kind of sugar and no good for you. Then Discovery News tells us to Pour on the Syrup – it's good for you.
Farming in Whitcomb’s blood
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: Where Walt Whitcomb comes from, people know what it means when the cows are out. Although the area has lost some of its farming character over the years, there's still a neighborly spirit when it comes to spying stray livestock, he said.
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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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