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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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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
Watchdogs: List fumigant as cancerous
The Californian - 8/30/2013.
By D. L. Taylor - Two days before a deadline to submit comments on a regulator’s plan to bolster restrictions on a fumigant [chloropicrin] important to Monterey County’s $785 million strawberry industry, a coalition of pesticide watchdog groups, researchers and physicians filed a letter urging the chemical be officially listed as a cancer-causing compound.
Clean, safe food shouldn't be a privilege
The Working Waterfront - 8/30/2013.
By Sandy Oliver - Take a bowl and put some yogurt into it, and then a scoop of granola (homemade) and then wander out to the garden, where just inside the gate there is a row of fraise des bois, or Alpine strawberries, and pick the softest, ripest, most aromatic ones and drop them into the bowl. Eat. Tender, sweet, juicy contrasts with nutty crunch. Good heavens, what a privilege to eat like that.
Banks Put a Price on Earth's Life Support
Scientific American - 8/30/2013.
By Paul Brown and The Daily Climate - London: It is not easy to put a value on an intact forest, a clean river, or unpolluted air, but that is what a group of the world's biggest banks is attempting to do.
Could More Efficient Crops Feed a Growing, Warmer World?
Scientific American - 8/30/2013.
By Erin Brodwin - In the shadow of a boisterous debate about the safety of growing crops that have been genetically modified, otherwise known as GMOs, the potential of good old-fashioned crossbreeding has been making quite a stir in the agricultural community.
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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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