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MOFGA
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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Instructor Richard Wiswall is the owner/operator of Cate Farm in Vermont and author of "The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook."

Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall
February 21 & 22, 2016
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity
$100 per person; $135 for two people from the same farm

This one-and-a-half day workshop is designed to help both established and beginning farmers and is best suited for those with at least one year of farm production data or similar experience.
The workshop covers the following topics:
Planning for Profit
Making a Profit on YOUR farm
Enterprise Analysis
Marketing
Recordkeeping Strategiesg

Creating Production Efficiencies

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Pro-GMO group accused of unethical practices
The Organic & Non-GMO Report - 1/27/2016.
By Ken Roseboro - The Genetic Literacy Project (GLP) has been accused of unethical journalistic practices after it published personal information about individuals opposed to genetically modified food and changed the text of an article without the author’s permission. GLP is an organization that heavily promotes genetic engineering of foods and attacks critics of the technology.
Sweet spot: Large food companies dumping GMO sweeteners for non-GMO, organic options
The Organic & Non-GMO Report - 1/27/2016.
By Ken Roseboro - Major food and beverage manufacturers are considering organic and non-GMO verified sweetener options to replace sugar and GMO-risk beet sugar and high fructose corn syrup in their products. Suppliers of sweeteners such as agave, stevia, tapioca syrup, and erythritol report increasing inquiries from larger companies wanting clean labeled products with simpler ingredients.
Our Opinion: No reason Maine should rush ahead on GMO labeling
CentralMaine.com - 1/26/2016.
By the Editorial Board - Maine got it right two years ago when the Legislature passed a law requiring labels for food products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as soon as New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut do the same.
Land Trusts Aid Beginning Farmers in Land Procurement
Resilience - 1/26/2016.
By A.J. Hughes, Yardfarmers - The average age of American farmers is 58.3 years, and new farmers are needed to carry the torch. One of the biggest barriers to beginning farmers is access to land. But obstacles are meant to be overcome, and land trusts provide an effective way to preserve farmland while blazing a pathway for retiring farmers to pass their land on to others.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

February 11 - Aroostook County Organic Grower Meeting

February 21 & 22 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop

February 23 - Central Maine Organic Grower Meeting

February 25 - Southern Maine Organic Grower Meeting

February 27 - Growing Vegetables in Maine

March 5 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference: Soils

March 12 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 16-17 - Northeast Pasture Consortium

March 19 - Maine Grass Farmers Conference

March 20 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange

March 23 - Maine Grain Conference: Post-Harvest Handling

April 6 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 15-16 - 34th National Pesticide Forum: Cultivating Community and Environmental Health


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