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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
State media tries to persuade Chinese public GMO food is safe
South China Morning Post - 11/18/2013.
Reuters in Beijing - China’s state media is working overtime to persuade the public that genetically modified food is safe, apparently softening up the population for a policy switch to allow the sale of such food to ensure its 1.35 billion people have enough to eat.
Improvement of Maine food industry important to economic growth
The Maine Campus - 11/17/2013.
By Cameron Paquette - What drives Maine’s economy? Ever since its admittance into the United States in 1820, it’s mainly been timber from its 17.7 million acres of forests, and aquatic wildlife from its 71,379 square miles of combined freshwater and Gulf of Maine seawater. Paper and lobster could possibly be the two most important symbols of Maine’s principal income over the past 193 years of its existence.
Winslow High School grad shoots for Super Bowl ad
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 11/17/2013.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling - Her egg business, Locally Laid, is one of four finalists in a competition that will send one deserving small business’s ad to the big game.
Women Lead the Way in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
Truthout - 11/17/2013.
By Eleanor J. Bader - According to the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, the number of women-operated farms more than doubled in the 25 years between 1982 and 2007. In fact, female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country's changing agricultural landscape and nearly 1 million women - approximately one-third of total domestic farmers - list farming as their primary occupation. The National Women in Agriculture Association calls it "breaking the grass ceiling." It's that and more.
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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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