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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
Maine farmers hope wild blueberry crop will command higher prices
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: Geography and timing played key roles this year in the success – or failure – of Maine’s blueberry harvest. If blueberries were in blossom when this year’s wet, cold spring struck, producers are reporting a crop less than half the size of last year’s. If the blossoms already had faded, that same rain was beneficial. At the Passamaquoddy Tribe-owned Northeastern Blueberry Co., based in Columbia Falls, field supervisor Jeramy Wentzell said last week that the harvest was going well but what was most surprising was that it was still going. “This has been a long harvest for us,” Wentzell said. “We would usually have been done a week ago.”
Families join potato harvest at community-supported farm in Brunswick
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Brunswick: Most parents try to regulate snacks for their children but when it comes to her family’s weekly haul from Crystal Spring Farm, Sarah Jacobs of Freeport sets no limits. Even when that means there is none for anyone else. “The peas never make it home,” said Jacobs of her 4- and 6-year-old boys. “They’ll just sit in the back seat and eat broccoli. I say if it’s from the farm bag, they can have all they want.”
Surprise! Americans are drinking a lot of soda
Grist - 9/6/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – On average, Americans now get nearly 10 percent of their calories from soda and other sugary beverages. This news comes from a new report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens and young adults (aged 12-40) drink more soda compared to younger and older people on average, as do the poor. The elderly and those with above-average incomes drink the least.
In the world’s breadbasket, climate change feeds worry
Reuters - 9/5/2011.
By Christine Stebbins – It can't happen here, can it? The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and other crops.
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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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