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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA

Postponed to Saturday, April 19 - 9 a.m., Unity, rain or shine

Plant 102 heirloom apples and hundreds of companion plants at the Maine Heritage Orchard. Volunteers will be on hand to teach planting. No charge - Everyone welcome! Bring your own lunch. If possible, please bring shovels, rakes and wheel barrows! If you are attending, please RSVP by emailing Anna Libby (alibby@mofga.org) or by calling the MOFGA office (207) 568-4142.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure
Science Daily - 1/12/2012.
Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields.
Rosemont Market plans Portland produce shop
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: Rosemont Market & Bakery plans to open a produce-only market on Commercial Street, in the former Finest Kind warehouse. The market will sell fresh produce from Maine farms and the Chelsea Produce Market outside Boston, according to John Naylor, owner of Rosemont. He said it should open sometime between mid-February and early March.
Find the farmers who’ve disappeared
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
Letter to the editor by Heather Retberg – People from across Maine who are interested in farming and food are gathering in Augusta this week for the agricultural trades show. You will find many trade groups and chemical companies amid the bustle. You won't find the thousands of disappeared farmers who gave up farming when they just couldn't add one more hot water line into the barn, or the concrete floor under the bulk tank, or separate facilities dedicated to one enterprise.
Growers using differing forms to save money
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Ken Ellis converted the heating in his 23 greenhouses from oil to wood pellets three years ago. The owner of Sunset Greenhouses in Fairfield said that while his consumption of pellets is still significant – 172 tons a year – his use of heating oil, which he uses only as a backup, has been dramatically reduced. "I burned 35,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil and that's been cut down to 9,000 gallons," Ellis said. "My total fuel bill is below half."
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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