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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
More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
The New York Times - 12/9/2013.
By Kenneth Chang - Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk, scientists are reporting.
Destructive winter moths back in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 12/9/2013.
By North Cain - Winter moths are back – and flying around in more places in Maine than before. While the moths are visible in early winter – hence, their name – their damage is done in the spring, when the eggs laid on the trunks of trees hatch. The larvae crawl up and burrow into both leaf and flower buds and feed on expanding buds and foliage on many trees and bushes, including oak, maple, apple, elm, ash, crabapple, cherry and blueberry.
An Organic Greenhouse Run by Farmers With Autism
The Atlantic - 12/9/2013.
By James Hamblin - Jan Pilarski, of South Bend, Indiana, started a prototype aquaponic greenhouse to employ her son Chris and others who are on the autism spectrum. After the success of that prototype, they turned to the Internet last week to help them fund a commercial-scale version of the project.
Wall Street Rewards Kroger’s Organic Moves
Prevention - 12/9/2013.
By Robyn O’Brien - Kroger’s Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands generated fiscal 2012 sales that exceeded Kroger’s internal goal by 33%, Mr. McMullen. And it’s lifting the company’s earnings. The company expects its organic department to double in size in the next five years.
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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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