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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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2015 Earth Day
Work Day at MOFGA

Saturday, April 18, 2015
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center

Celebrate Earth Day with MOFGA! We'll be preparing our grounds for the upcoming growing season, and would love to have you join us. We'll have lunch and T-shirts for all our volunteers. For more information, or to RSVP, please email Anna at alibby@mofga.org or (207) 568-4142.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto Teams up with Congress to Shred the Constitution
Appetite for Profit - 3/25/2013.
By Michele Simon - Our founding fathers, white-maleness aside, did get a few things right. One of them was the concept of “separation of powers,” to ensure a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends that system. Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically-engineered crops.
Biotech Rider a Threat to Farmers and the Environment
Union of Concerned Scientists - 3/25/2013.
By Doug Gurian-Sherman - A short addition to the legislation passed last week to continue the funding of the U.S. government contained a gift for the biotech industry that could hurt the very farmers that the transnational seed companies love to cozy up to. It could also hurt the environment.
Local rice makes the grade in West Africa
SciDevNet - 3/25/2013.
By Christophe Assogba - Cotonou, Benin: New research from West Africa challenges the widely held view that African and Asian 'farmer rice' varieties have only local value owing to their poor ability to adapt to adverse environmental conditions. Findings suggest that farmer rice varieties can grow without fertilisers, require no special maintenance and can develop ways of coping with stress.
America’s “Sadness Belt”: Appalachian States Worst in U.S. for Health and Happiness
Appalachian Voices - 3/25/2013.
By Melanie Foley - Gallup and Healthways recently released their annual Well-Being Index for 2012, and Appalachia was found once again to be home to some of the least healthy and happy Americans.
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April: various dates - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 16 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop

April 18 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 18 - 2015 Earth Day Work Day at MOFGA

April 18 - Empty Bowl Supper to benefit MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees

May 1 - Low Impact Forestry 101 Field Day

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA


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