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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Golden Rice: Lifesaver?
The New York Times - 8/24/2013.
By Amy Harmon - One bright morning this month, 400 protesters smashed down the high fences surrounding a field in the Bicol region of the Philippines and uprooted the genetically modified rice plants growing inside.
One of the first fruit trees planted in America is still alive and well at age 383
Treehugger - 8/24/2013.
By Stephen Messenger - When the first European settlers stepped foot on Plymouth Rock in 1620, the landscape they encountered must have felt like the epitome of wildness. In time, of course, cottages and farmhouses, roads and footpaths would sprout up even there as 'civilization' took root. But little could they have guessed, from those fragile early shoots, that the whole wild continent would be tamed in just a few short centuries. It may be hard to believe, however, but one of America's earliest settlers is still alive today - and still bearing fruit after 383 years.
Farmers: Monsanto’s GMO Crop Could Create Pesticide Disaster
The Cornucopia Institute - 8/23/2013.
By Sehvilla Mann, Indiana Public Media News - As Red Gold Incorporated Director of Agriculture Steve Smith watches cans of tomato sauce whip down the line at the company’s processing plant in Orestes, he says it is his job to worry about the bite pesticide drift takes out of his growers’ yields. Each year, a handful of Red Gold’s suppliers see yields diminished by drift damage, and he worries that number could mushroom if the government approves crops genetically engineered by the Monsanto Company to tolerate an herbicide called dicamba.
Crop of young farmers growing in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 8/23/2013.
By By Abigail Curtis - Her head shaded from the sun by a wide-brimmed hat, Rachel Katz crouched in verdant rows of watermelons and cantaloupes late Wednesday afternoon while her two small children helped fill plastic crates with the fruit to sell for the next day’s market.
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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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