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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME



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Farm Training Project Coming Up

These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.

Photo courtesy of Good Dirt Garlic

Conservation Farm Tour
Wednesday, August 13, 4 p.m.
Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Road, Monticello

Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences at this year's Conservation Farm Tour at Good Dirt Garlic. This informal farm tour and discussion will provide real life examples of how a well designed cover crop sequence can lead to the soil health conditions favorable for marketable crops. Please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142. Sponsored by MOFGA, Southern Aroostook SWCD and USDA-NRCS. Farm Training Project schedule.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Sustainable farming can feed the world?
The New York Times - 3/8/2011.
By Mark Bittman – The oldest and most common dig against organic agriculture is that it cannot feed the world’s citizens; this, however, is a supposition, not a fact. And industrial agriculture isn’t working perfectly, either: the global food price index is at a record high, and our agricultural system is wreaking havoc with the health not only of humans but of the earth. There are around a billion undernourished people; we can also thank the current system for the billion who are overweight or obese.
Perry winter greenhouse project inspires students
Bangor Daily News - 3/8/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: When Dan Morang arrived at Perry Elementary School on Friday morning to teach his combination fifth- and sixth-grade class, the temperature outside was 15 degrees below zero. But he wasn’t worried about his students’ unique greenhouse project, the Perry Green Dream, which is located just to the west of the school playground.
Eco-farming could double food output of poor countries, says UN
The Guardian [UK] - 3/8/2011.
A move by farmers in developing countries to ecological agriculture, away from chemical fertilisers and pesticides, could double food production within a decade, a UN report says. Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and ducks eating weeds in Bangladesh's rice paddies are among examples of recommendations for feeding the world's 7 million people.
Maine agriculture leaders encouraged by federal products survey
Bangor Daily News - 3/8/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: The most recent federal survey of a number of agricultural products – such as milk, eggs, and potatoes – reveals a mixed bag across Maine farmland, both in growth and success. Maine agricultural leaders said Tuesday the survey showed that the state’s farming industry is healthy and sustainable, both in retaining and growing farms.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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