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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
Risk, bacteria, and the tragedy of food-safety reform (updated)
Grist - 11/29/2010.
By Tom Philpott – After all the back-and-forth in our recent – and, if I may say, extremely informative – Food Fight debate on S. 510, I hold to the same opinion I expressed at first: that S. 510 represents a small step in the right direction, so long as it doesn't crush the alternative food systems that are emerging to challenge Big Food.
Wikileaks: State Department wants intel on African acceptance of GMOs
Grist - 11/29/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The Wikileaks release of U.S. State Department classified diplomatic cables may be problematic, but it has been quite a trove of information on the workings of our diplomatic corps. For the most part, the dump has confirmed things that we already knew about U.S. policy – and that seems to be the case regarding the one mention of agricultural policy in these thousands of emails and documents to which I was alerted.
Odor improving at HerbKomp facility
Kennebec Journal - 11/28/2010.
Clinton – A stinky problem that had become a public nuisance is now being fixed at the HerbKomp facility on Route 100, state officials say. Most of the smelly odors had been created at the composting operation by seafood – shellfish parts, animal bones and lobster-claw rubber bands – that had been scattered around and not properly covered, according to inspections by the state Department of Agriculture.
‘There is food all over the place’
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/28/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Farmer Denis Thoet has packed his root cellar with beets, potatoes and carrots and filled a storage room in his house with garlic, onions and squash. His freezer is stuffed with the leftovers from the food he grows for 69 households that each bought a share of this year's harvest.
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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

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