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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
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
Late harvest sows problems for farmers
The Wall Street Journal - 10/31/2009.
By Joe Barrett – Piper City, Ill.: Most years, Larry Thorndyke has his corn fully harvested by Halloween. This year, almost all of his 1,400 acres of corn are still in the field, exposing his farm to crop disease, bad weather and a potential financial nightmare.
Conference in Caribou targets pests
Bangor Daily News - 10/30/2009.
By Jen Lynds – Caribou: An outbreak of spruce budworm during the 1970-80s damaged forests and irked landowners and scientists who fought to counter the damage done by the pests. Despite the devastation it caused, the outbreak taught forest managers, scientists and others a great deal about what to do to prevent a possible recurrence and combat it if one does occur.
Dresden: Helping with the harvest
Kennebec Journal - 10/30/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Dresden: Elizabeth Lakeman ran her hands back and forth through the rich, brown earth looking for yellow fingerling potatoes. The retired L.L. Bean employee showed up Thursday morning at Goranson Farm on River Road to offer her help. The certified organic farm, owned by Jan Goranson and her husband, Rob Johanson, lost most of their potato and tomato crops to late blight – an airborne, spore-based disease that thrives in cool, moist weather. Now that winter is approaching, they need to salvage 6 acres of seed potatoes. They're short staffed and in need of potato pickers.
Ecologies of value
Harvard Gazette Online - 10/29/2009.
By Corydon Ireland – In the ancient Mediterranean world, tapered ceramic jars called amphorae were used to store and transport fish, olive oil, grapes, grain, and other goods. When these containers were used for wine, Greek merchants stamped them with regional seals. These seals were the earliest sign of what is now known as terroir, the notion that a wine or other food embodies a sense of place.
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March 4 - Spring Growth Conference

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

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