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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The plant skyscrapers: Giant greenhouses in city centres to herald a new age of farming
Daily Mail [UK] - 12/31/2012.
By Sean Poulter - Birds Eye and other food producers are investigating growing crops in “plantscrapers.” The ‘vertical farms’ would use an innovative feeding system which nourishes plants with enriched water, therefore cancelling out the need for soil - and the need for food to be grown and harvested in the countryside.
Local groups among those who sue EPA over rules on pesticide emissions
Ventura County Star - 12/31/2012.
By Cheri Carlson - A suit has been filed in federal court on behalf of groups that allege that new rules on pesticide emissions violate the Clean Air Act, which requires that the state’s pesticide regulatory program does not discriminate on the basis of race. The organizations say air pollution from pesticides disproportionately affects Latino children.
Sauerkraut an old new-year tradition, and new twist for old Maine farms
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 12/31/2012.
By Ben McCanna - About fermented foods made by the Frost Family of Thirty-Acre Farm in Whitefield and Morse’s Sauerkraut in Waldoboro. The production of sauerkraut and other fermented foods is a growing trend among farmers in Maine, according to agriculture experts.
From today, packaged food will have ‘GM’ label
The Hindu - 12/31/2012.
Starting Tuesday, consumers will know whether the packaged foods they are buying contains any genetically modified (GM) organism, even as the food processing industry wants more clarity. A Gazette Notification issued by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution mandates packaged food producers to disclose GM ingredients, if used any, in their product.
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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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