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

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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.

Class locations and more information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Stanford scientists shockingly reckless on health risk and organics
Common Dreams - 9/6/2012.
By Francis Moore Lappe – I first heard about a new Stanford "study" downplaying the value of organics when this blog headline cried out from my inbox: "Expensive organic food isn't healthier and no safer than produce grown with pesticides, finds biggest study of its kind." What? Does the actual study say this? No. Their study actually reports that “Consumption of organic foods may reduce exposure to pesticide residues and antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”
The case for organic food
Los Angeles Times - 9/5/2012.
Editorial – Perhaps the most valuable thing about the study of available research undertaken by Stanford's Center for Health Policy is that it points up how little is yet known about the benefits of organics and the harms done by widespread pesticide use.
How extreme weather supersizes global food price tags
Grist - 9/5/2012.
By James West – A new Oxfam report, “Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices,” hopes to close the understanding gap between climate change and global food prices, arguing that previous research grossly underestimates future food prices by ignoring the impact of severe weather shocks to the global food system.
Food-fight fallout may drift over Maine
Portland Press Herald - 9/5/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A multimillion-dollar referendum food fight is heating up in California, where citizens have secured a ballot question asking voters if they want foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled. Should the citizens' initiative succeed at the ballot box, experts say the impact will be felt across the nation, including here in Maine.
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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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