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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Beginning Beekeeping
with David Smith
Saturday, February 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event.

Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, such as where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your first hive and get it through the first season.

Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Ecological 'Wake-Up' Call Counters Corporate-Friendly 'Free' Trade
Common Dreams - 9/23/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - The world needs to "wake up before it is too late" and usher in a paradigm shift in agriculture that moves away from industrial agriculture in favor of “mosaics of sustainable regenerative production system" that favor small-scale farmers and local food production, a new report from a UN body states.
Scenes from the 2013 Common Ground Fair
Bangor Daily News - 9/22/2013.
By Brian Feulner - Steven Akeley plows a field Saturday morning at the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity.
Common Ground fair speaker touts higher purposes of cooperatives
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2013.
By Rachel Ohm - For George Siemon, a cooperative is more than a business model. It's about staying true to a mission and getting people to work together, principles that can translate to great accomplishments.
Genetically Modified feed has negative effects on pig health
The Organic Center - 9/22/2013.
In a study published in the Journal of Organic Systems, researchers found that feeding pigs Genetically Modified (GM) corn and soy resulted in a higher rate of severe stomach inflammation than pigs fed non-GM diets. The study, let by Dr. Judy Carman, showed that GM-fed female pigs also had on average a 25% heavier uterus than non-GM-fed females which is a possible indicator of disease.
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