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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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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
Common Ground fair keynote celebrates female farmers, male MOFGA leader
Kennebec Journal - 9/21/2013.
By Rachel Ohm - The keynote address at today's Common Ground Country Fair was about the role of women in agriculture, but it was dedicated to the family of a man remembered as a visionary in organic farming.
Pesticides' effect on generations of field-workers
San Francisco Chronicle - 9/21/2013.
By Stephanie M. Lee - Salinas: On a recent morning, the sun streamed through the doorway of Emelia Gonzalez's cozy store and onto rows of peaches, onions and tomatoes. Virtually every fruit and vegetable had been grown in or near the Salinas Valley, one of the most thriving agriculture regions in the world.
Crowds find Common Ground at Maine fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2013.
By Jessica Hall - Unity: Instead of the typical fair staples such as cotton candy and carnival rides, the Common Ground Country Fair draws crowds seeking veggie burgers and workshops on worm composting. The fair has grown along with greater interest in organics, local food and sustainable agriculture.
Fermentation a popular topic at Common Ground Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2013.
By Doug Harlow - Unity: Bread, cheese, coffee, beer and yogurt all have one thing in common -- they are fermented from common bacteria. Bacteria is good. It's good for the immune system when battling infection in the body and it's good in digestion and in the preservation of food in the form of fermentation. That was part of the message at the Common Ground Country Fair on Friday from Sandor Katz, an author and fermentation expert who spoke on fermentation and food relocalization.
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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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