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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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Beginning Beekeeping
with David Smith
Saturday, February 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event.

Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, such as where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your first hive and get it through the first season.

Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
EPA considers banning gender-bending herbicide atrazine
Treehugger - 6/8/2012.
Melissa Breyer – Environmental groups have been calling for a federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine, and the EPA is now poised to listen. The deleterious chemical has been banned in the European Union since 2004. Yet 80 million pounds of it are applied in the United States annually on corn, sugarcane, rice, sorghum and on golf courses and lawns.
Honeybee decline linked to killer virus
The Guardian [UK] - 6/8/2012.
By Damian Carrington – The deadly link between the worldwide collapse of honeybee colonies and a bloodsucking parasite has been revealed by scientists. They have discovered that the mite has massively and permanently increased the global prevalence of a fatal bee virus.
Monsanto vs. Nature: the weeds fight back
Alternet - 6/7/2012.
By Jim Hightower – Rather than find ways to cooperate with the natural world, America's agribusiness giants reach for the next quick fix in a futile effort to overpower nature. Their attitude is that if brute force isn't working, they're probably not using enough of it.
Ignore shocking decline of farm birds at our peril
The Guardian [UK] - 6/6/2012.
By Richard D. Gregory – It may or may not come as a surprise that some European bird populations are in precipitous decline, but what is more surprising and shocking is the emerging scale of the losses, and that they are occurring under our noses.
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