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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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
Film shows harm caused by chemicals
Portland Press Herald - 6/14/2012.
Letter to the Editor by Sophie Yang – Fifty years have now passed since the first publication of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring," a monumental work of environmental social critique that provided overwhelming evidence of the harmful effects of chemicals and pesticides on the environment, animals and humans. Although Carson's work contributed to the successful banning of the pesticide DDT in the U.S. in 1972, today's planet is still riddled with toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.
Can garden farming be too successful?
The Contrary Farmer - 6/13/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – This is just mischievous philosophical musing. Don’t take me too seriously. On the other hand… One of my favorite books is the classic “Farmers of Forty Centuries” by F.H. King, written in 1911. It details the way food was produced in much of Asia for something like four thousand years and still is in many places there. It was, according to King who traveled the area at that time, an amazing kind of small scale agriculture that, without chemical fertilizer or power machinery of any kind was producing more food per acre at the beginning of the 20th century than farming in America then or now.
Farmland Trust lets family farm remain intact
Kennebec Journal - 6/13/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Roger and Dawn Bickford had always hoped that their 120-acre farm, which had been with the family for more than a century, would remain intact. It remained a dairy farm until 1989, when the primary crops became hay and vegetables. Now, with the help of Maine Farmland Trust, the Bickfords' two sons, Dwayne and Wayne Bickford, have been able to ensure the property will remain intact and forever farmland.
The five farm bill amendments you should keep an eye on
Grist - 6/13/2012.
By Philip Bump – Right now, the Senate is considering the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (read: the farm bill, though ARFJA is also catchy). It left the Senate Agriculture committee and arrived on the Senate floor, where it was promptly peppered with over 90 amendments.
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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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