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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
World food prices hit record highs amid oil jitters
Common Dreams - 3/3/2011.
Rome (AFP) – World food prices have hit record highs and oil price spikes could push them even higher, the UN food agency warned on Thursday, as increasing violence in Libya sent jitters through commodity markets.
Backpack program launched to help end hunger in SAD 4
Bangor Daily News - 3/2/2011.
By Diana Bowley – Guilford: With home heating oil and gasoline prices on the rise again and jobs still scarce in northern Maine, United Way officials fear that more people may go hungry, especially children.
California farmers face frightening water debt during drought
Treehugger - 3/2/2011.
By Jaymi Heimbuch – California farms represent 8% of the US's agriculture value, and the Central Valley is where most of that growing takes place. However, as the state struggles with ongoing droughts, the groundwater supplies are dwindling at a frightening rate.
Get Your Garden Growing: Low Tunnels for Earlier Spring Harvests
Treehugger - 3/2/2011.
By Colleen Vanderlinden – We're a little over two months away from our last frost date, but I'm getting ready to sow a few seeds and plant cool season vegetables out in the garden. With a simple, inexpensive low tunnel, you can do the same, and be enjoying your first harvest by the time you'd normally just be able to start planting.
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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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