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

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes
April 8, 2015
6 to 9 p.m.
At adult education programs across the state!
Registration fees: $5 to cover handouts



Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?

Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners.

Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. The workshops are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Report: Ecosystems in Upheaval, Biodiversity in Collapse
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Andrea Germanos – A new report documents how climate change is already causing rapid, massive changes with "cascading effects" on ecosystems and biodiversity. The report, led by the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University, foresees a global loss of biodiversity and major shifts in ecosystems.
Persistent pollutants slow the time to pregnancy in couples
Environmental Health News - 12/20/2012.
By Jennifer Wolstenholme and Wendy Hessler – A study of 501 couples in Michigan and Texas who were trying to conceive found that higher exposure to various persistent pollutants was associated with a longer time to get pregnant. The pollutants studied included PCBs, perfluorinated compounds and organochlorine pesticides. The study found that men's chemical exposures are as important – if not stronger – than women's in determining fertility issues.
Organic vs Conventional Eating
Infographic - 12/20/2012.
Thinking about the types of food you consume can make huge difference in your health and lifestyle. Organic food is not only more nutritious but it can actually save you money in the long run, when you factor in healthcare cost over the years.
Local Fisheries Champion Fights for Value-Based Policy
On the Commons - 12/20/2012.
By Jessica Conrad - Based in Gloucester, Mass., the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S., local fisheries champion Niaz Dorry finds herself in a hotbed of resource management issues: while she and a growing community of fishermen consider themselves stewards - versus ”owners” - of the ocean commons, others promote privatization policies in the name of conservation.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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