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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Garden advice for May
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
By Reeser Manley – Soil temperature is the most important factor in deciding when to direct sow main-season crops and when to transplant seedlings. Many of our summer vegetables are tropical in origin and will not grow well until the soil has sufficiently warmed.
Government keeps picking winners, losers on the farm
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
Op-ed by Jack Hedin – Here’s the first thing to understand about federally subsidized crop insurance: In an era when direct payments to farmers are increasingly difficult to justify, crop-insurance subsidies are becoming the main way in which public policy supports commodity crop farmers.
Growing numbers of wineries giving Mainers a taste of the midcoast
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.
By Heather Steeves – Union: When Elmer and Holly Savage started growing grapes here 10 years ago, there were only a handful of wineries in Maine. Now there are eight wineries in the midcoast area alone. The area seems to be at the center of the state’s burgeoning wine industry – despite, not because of, its profitability.
Crop yields are only part of the organic vs. conventional farming debate
U.S. Food Policy - 4/27/2012.
By Parke Wilde – The journal Nature recently had an interesting meta-analysis – or quantitative literature review – about yields from organic agriculture. The accompanying summary says, "conventional agriculture gives higher yields under most situations." This is probably true. Yet, even environmentalists are overreacting to the study.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

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

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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