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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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Farm Training Project Coming Up

These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.

Photo courtesy of Good Dirt Garlic

Conservation Farm Tour
Wednesday, August 13, 4 p.m.
Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Road, Monticello

Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences at this year's Conservation Farm Tour at Good Dirt Garlic. This informal farm tour and discussion will provide real life examples of how a well designed cover crop sequence can lead to the soil health conditions favorable for marketable crops. Please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142. Sponsored by MOFGA, Southern Aroostook SWCD and USDA-NRCS. Farm Training Project schedule.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe
Common Dreams - 5/3/2010.
By Alison Benjamin – Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter. The decline of the country's estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died.
A New Deal for local economies
Common Dreams - 5/3/2010.
By Stacy Mitchell – Let me begin by sharing some good news. Scattered here and there, in my country and in yours, the seeds of a new, more local, and more durable economy are taking root. Locally grown food has soared in popularity. There are now 5,274 active farmers markets in the United States. Remarkably, almost one of every two of these markets was started within the last decade. Food co-ops and neighborhood greengrocers are likewise on the rise.
St. Albans farm’s goat school gains fame, boosts tourism
Bangor Daily News - 5/3/2010.
By Diana Bowley – St. Albans, Maine: It isn’t a tea party or a spa treatment for Mom that will draw more than 100 people from 21 states to this small community on Mother’s Day weekend. The annual event, which has helped spark the local economy, really isn’t about honoring mothers at all, unless you are a doe. Ken and Janice Spaulding of Stony Knolls Farm, who raise about 35 registered dairy goats and sell the milk and milk-related products at local farmers markets, once again will hold their two-day goat school on Mother’s Day weekend.
Portland Farmers Market joins elite
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/2/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila and Edward D. Murphy – Portland: Farmers set up tables with fresh produce, flowers and other goods Saturday, just as they have for most of the past 242 years. But this year, the farmers and their market are getting a little extra boost of publicity. The Portland Farmers' Market, holding its first session of the season Saturday morning in Deering Oaks, has been named one of America's 10 best by Travel + Leisure magazine.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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