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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops
Weekly, June through September
at farm locations throughout Maine
Free


Designed to augment the on-farm learning of the farm apprenticeship program, MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by a presentation on the topic of the day. Participants are invited to stay for a potluck supper – bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share (please bring your own place setting as well). All events are held rain or shine and are free and open to the public. For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 568-6018, email education@mofga.org, or check the FTP website.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farmers celebrating Maine Apple Sunday on Sept. 11
Bangor Daily News - 9/10/2011.
Fairfield: Terri Glidden, farm manager at The Apple Farm in Fairfield, said this year’s apple crop is doing very well. “We might be a week later in picking some varieties, but overall it should be a great season,” she said Friday. Matt Treworgy at Treworgy Family Orchard in Levant said this year could be his farm’s biggest crop ever. “It is going to be really, really good,” he said Friday. At the Mildel Farm in Plymouth, Mildred Levesque echoed that assessment.
Pesticide residues in compost feedstocks are damaging garden plants
Bangor Daily News - 9/10/2011.
By Reeser Manley – Organic gardeners are always on the lookout for compost feedstock: for sources of summer grass clippings, autumn leaves, barnyard manure and stable litter. I’ve been known to rake a neighbor’s lawn for the leaves. You can never have too much. In the last two weeks of August, Marjorie and I stockpiled two pickup loads of composted goat manure from a local organic farm, covering the pile with tarps to prevent leaching of the valuable nutrients, and two loads of hardwood chips for resurfacing the vegetable garden pathways come spring. Never enough.
Superweeds go mainstream
Grist - 9/9/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – I don't expect that Monsanto takes much notice when articles about superweeds – plants that have developed resistance to its flagship RoundUp herbicide and its active ingredient glyphosate – appear in Grist, Scientific American, Mother Jones or even The New York Times. But when the mainstream business press writes about the subject, as Bloomberg BusinessWeek did under the headline "Attack of the Superweeds," I have to believe that Monsanto's top brass starts to worry.
Old-style apples saving orchards
Kennebec Journal - 9/8/2011.
By Clarke Canfield – Old-fashioned apples are back in fashion. After nearly disappearing from the marketplace, apple varieties that were popular decades or even centuries ago are making a resurgence. The varieties, known as antique or heirloom apples, number in the thousands and carry names such as Sheepnose, American Mother, Lady Sweet and Nickajack.
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