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


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Free for MOFGA apprentices (registration required); MOFGA members $75; all other registrants $100 per day or $150 for both days

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
‘Killer spices’ provide eco-friendly pesticides for organic fruits and veggies
EurekAlert! - 8/16/2009.
By Michael Bernstein – Washington: Mention rosemary, thyme, clove, and mint and most people think of a delicious meal. Think bigger … acres bigger. These well-known spices are now becoming organic agriculture's key weapons against insect pests as the industry tries to satisfy demands for fruits and veggies among the growing portion of consumers who want food produced in more natural ways.
Bountiful blue fields: harvest under way in Washington County
Bangor Daily News - 8/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – MACHIAS, Maine: The mechanical and hand rakers have been deep into the blueberry barrens this week as the annual wild blueberry harvest gets under way. Despite many weeks of rain, growers are predicting a good season, and if the color of the fields – a haze of bright blue – is any indication, the harvest should be bountiful. David Yarborough, a blueberry specialist at the University of Maine, said Wednesday that this is the first year he can recall that the harvest did not begin on Aug. 1.
Ordeal at the border (blueberry rakers)
Bangor Daily News - 8/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – TOWNSHIP 25, Maine: Hundreds of blueberry rakers traveling from Canada into Maine at the Calais border crossing during the past week were stopped, searched and questioned by U.S. Customs officials, something many said hasn’t happened to them in more than 40 years. The rakers on their way to Maine’s blueberry fields were Micmacs, one of the First Nations groups of aboriginal peoples of northeastern Canada. Many said this week they believe they were stopped because they are Micmacs.
Salmon federation manages lands, too
Bangor Daily News - 8/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – COLUMBIA FALLS, Maine: It may seem odd at first glance that the Downeast Salmon Federation is in the blueberry business. But the two go hand in hand, director Dwayne Shaw explained this week, when it comes to preserving salmon habitat.
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