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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio
Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Touting factory pig farming safe, really?
Treehugger - 4/13/2009.
By Sara Novak – In an age where nearly 70 percent of antibiotics produced annually are given to some form of livestock and mass production of livestock has led to widespread animal mistreatment and serious environmental repercussions, it seems flippant to claim that factory farming is done for the safety of consumers.
Youngsters discovering fresh fruit, vegetables
Kennebec Journal - 4/13/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Leftover strawberries and beets drew the attention of Sarah Caban's fourth-graders at Mount Vernon Elementary School as they returned to class from a recent recess. The fruit and vegetables, left over from a morning snack, sparked a conversation about at-home eating habits. "We get blood oranges almost every week now," 11-year-old Faith Jacques said of her family's grocery shopping habits.
Potato tips
Village Soup - 4/13/2009.
by Jean English. I picked up my organic seed potatoes at the Belfast Co-op Store recently and started greensprouting them shortly after that. Greensprouting? That means getting potatoes to break dormancy and sprout before you set them in the garden.
Cage-free egg farm makes for happy birds
Kennebec Journal - 4/12/2009.
By Scott Taylor – The hens were shy when Radlo began the small tour of the joint Radlo Foods-Dorothy Eggs cage-free egg facility Thursday morning, leaving a wide circle around Radlo, Production Vice President Tom Shea and Bill Bell of the New England Brown Egg Council. But the birds wandered closer the longer the men were there. Finally, one brave hen wandered up to Radlo, like she had something to say. He scooped her up like a cat and petted her while he continued talking.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 20 - MOFGA Orcharding Workshop: Orcharding 101

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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