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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The ‘hole’ truth about planting trees and shrubs
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/13/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Planting a tree or a shrub in your yard should be easy. You dig a hole in the ground, put the plant in the hole, put the soil back in the hole, water it and then walk away. And while all of this is accurate, it does leave out some information. How deep should you dig the hole? How wide? What should you do to the plant's roots? Should you add anything to the soil? Do you stake the plant?
Chef talks nutrition with Pittsfield students
Bangor Daily News - 3/11/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Pittsfield: Most people would throw away food that has turned purple or lime green, but in the case of cauliflower it’s a change for the better, according to a presentation by an executive chef Thursday at Warsaw Middle School. That didn’t stop noses from wrinkling, heads from shaking and a few audible groans.
Debunking the stubborn myth that only industrial ag can ‘feed the world’
Grist - 3/10/2011.
By Tom Philpott – I've written about it once already, but I want to return to The Economist's recent special series about how industrial agriculture is the true and only way to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the world by 2050. The framing, I think, is extremely interesting.
Decline of honeybees now a global phenomenon, says United Nations
The Independent - 3/10/2011.
By Michael McCarthy – The mysterious collapse of honey-bee colonies is becoming a global phenomenon, scientists working for the United Nations have revealed. Declines in managed bee colonies, seen increasingly in Europe and the US in the past decade, are also now being observed in China and Japan and there are the first signs of African collapses from Egypt.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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