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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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MOFGA's Flower Arranging Workshop
Join us in Portland to learn about flower arranging from Andrea Bachynsky of Honeysuckle Way Flower Farm & Design

MOFGA Workshops in Portland

Please join us at 769 Congress Street in Portland
FMI: Anna Libby, alibby@mofga.org or 207-568-4142

Introduction to Fermentation
October 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$45 for MOFGA members and $55 for non-members.

Cider: The History of its Decline and Rebirth
October 5, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m
$15 for MOFGA members and $20 for non-members.

Landscape Quilting Workshop
October 10, 9 a.m. to noon
$45 for MOFGA members and $55 for non-members.

Gardening Q&A with Eric Sideman
October 12, 5:30 p.m.
Workshop is free (donations accepted) and does not require registration.

Flower Arranging Workshop
October 13, 5:30 p.m.
$50 for MOFGA members, $55 for non-members.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Sticky solution: Vermonters pan ‘all natural’ syrup
Portland Press Herald - 9/10/2010.
By Lisa Rathke – Montpelier, Vt.: A new Log Cabin syrup touted as "all natural" looks a lot like the pure, 100 percent maple product that's the pride of Vermont, right down to its packaging in a plastic beige jug. But Vermont officials, seeking to protect the state's signature commodity, contend that Log Cabin All Natural Syrup is not what it seems, enticing consumers into dousing their pancakes with ingredients that include caramel color, xanthan gum and a paltry 4 percent maple.
Drought tolerance critical, say DuPont and Monsanto. We couldn’t agree more.
Rodale Institute - 9/9/2010.
By Amanda Kimble-Evans – The Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trial has been tracking the performance of organically managed fields and conventionally managed fields for the last 30 years. The yield results dispute the oft-cited misconception that organic farming uses more resources to produce less food. And, the resilience of the organically-managed fields in drought years is incredible.
Our energy-gulping industrial food system revealed
Grist - 9/9/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In his recent The New York Times op-ed, "Math Lessons for Locavores," Stephen Budiansky shows that transportation and "modern" (i.e., highly mechanized and chemical-intesnsive) farming make up relatively small parts of industrial food's energy footprint. Consumers in their kitchens, in Budiansky's view, are the real energy guzzlers – so locavores should stop worrying and learn to love industrial food.
Before Iowa’s tainted eggs, there was Maine
The Atlantic - 9/9/2010.
By Joe Fassler – In 1988, New York State placed an embargo on eggs produced by Quality Egg of New England. Several New York residents had been sickened with Salmonella, and the illnesses were traced to the company's facilities in Turner, Maine. The FDA found that henhouses there were contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), the strain most commonly transmitted to humans through undercooked eggs. The offending facilities were (and are still) owned by Jack DeCoster, the egg mogul whose Iowa laying houses were blamed for last month's massive recall.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 2 - Introduction to Fermentation

October 5 - Cider: The History of its Decline and Rebirth

October 7 - MOFGA's Common Ground Call-In Radio Show

October 8 - Aroostook Apple Day

October 8-10 - Nose to Tail Pork Processing

October: 10: Landscape Quilting Workshop

October 12: Gardening Q & A with Eric Sideman

October 13 - Flower Arranging Workshop

October 14 - 5th Annual Maine Farm to School Conference

October 15 - Post-Fair Cleanup

October 16 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 4-6 - Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 11 to 13 - 2016 Maine Food System Innovation Challenge

November 17-20 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops

November 18-19 - Chainsaw & Forestry Safety Courses


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