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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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Beginning Beekeeping
Saturday, February 18
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration: $75. $50 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch.

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.

Dave Smith is an experienced beekeeper maintaining over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as Assistant State Apiary Inspector for 7 years, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

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

February 18 - Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

February 26-27 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall

March 4 - Spring Growth Conference

March 5 - MOFGA/Farmer Appreciation Dinner at Solo Italiano, Portland

March 11 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees


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