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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 Flower Arranging Workshop
Join us in Portland to learn about flower arranging from Andrea Bachynsky of Honeysuckle Way Flower Farm & Design

MOFGA Workshops in Portland

Please join us at 769 Congress Street in Portland
FMI: Anna Libby, alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142

Introduction to Fermentation
October 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$45 for MOFGA members and $55 for non-members.

Cider: The History of its Decline and Rebirth
October 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
$15 for MOFGA members and $20 for non-members.

Landscape Quilting Workshop
October 10, 9 a.m. to noon
$45 for MOFGA members and $55 for non-members.

Gardening Q&A with Eric Sideman
October 12, 5:30 p.m.
Workshop is free (donations accepted) and does not require registration.

Flower Arranging Workshop
October 13, 5:30 p.m.
$50 for MOFGA members, $55 for non-members.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Indoor DDT spraying (unsurprisingly) linked to health hazards
Treehugger - 6/15/2009.
By Sara Novak – While Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring catalogued the environmental and health impacts of the agricultural spraying of DDT in the US, early studies of the impacts of indoor spraying of DDT in developing nations as a form of malaria prevention are just emerging. Unsurprisingly, these studies show that far higher concentrations of DDT are found in the blood of those exposed to the chemical through indoor spraying than have ever been found in a population exposed to the chemical through agricultural spraying.
Betting the farm: the land grab for arable farmland
Fortune - 6/15/2009.
By Brian O'Keefe – (Fortune) – On a sunny Friday morning, Shonda Warner and I are in her red Toyota pickup heading southwest on Highway 61 out of Clarksdale, Miss., on our way to see one of her farms. While her black standard poodle, Walter, naps in the back seat, she's explaining the pitfalls of being an institutional land investor. "It's really hard to buy property at the right price," says Warner as we roll past the famous crossroads where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil to get the secret of the blues. "Half of all farmland that trades in the United States never sees a broker. We believe you've got to have a lot of local knowledge of the marketplace. Farmers are smart and they talk. And if one Town Car full of Wall Street types rolls into town and makes a bid, suddenly all of the prices go up."
“No safe amount: the handshake theory of chemical toxicity”
Treehugger - 6/14/2009.
By Christine Lepisto – The medieval physician Paracelsus said: "Poison is in everything, and no thing is without poison. The dosage makes it either a poison or a remedy." Often quoted in paraphrase as the dose makes the poison, this truism has dominated regulation and chemical management for centuries. Agencies strive to keep people and the environment healthy by establishing the "safe" level of a chemical.
A ‘time bomb’ for world wheat crop
Los Angeles Times - 6/14/2009.
By Karen Kaplan – The spores arrived from Kenya on dried, infected leaves ensconced in layers of envelopes. Working inside a bio-secure greenhouse outfitted with motion detectors and surveillance cameras, government scientists at the Cereal Disease Laboratory in St. Paul, Minn., suspended the fungal spores in a light mineral oil and sprayed them onto thousands of healthy wheat plants. After two weeks, the stalks were covered with deadly reddish blisters characteristic of the scourge known as Ug99.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 2 - Introduction to Fermentation

October 5 - Cider: The History of its Decline and Rebirth

October 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show

October 8 - Aroostook Apple Day

October 8-10 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October: 10: Landscape Quilting Workshop

October 12: Gardening Q & A with Eric Sideman

October 13 - Flower Arranging Workshop

October 14 - 5th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference

October 15 - Post-Fair Cleanup

October 16 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 4-6 - Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 11 to 13 - 2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge

November 17-20 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops

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