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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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Beginning Beekeeping
with David Smith
Saturday, February 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event.

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.

Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Tidbits for August 4
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2010.
By Emily Burnham – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts a day of getting to know the folks who are growing food sustainably and are helping to provide clean energy solutions to local homeowners. “Sustainable Backyards,” a tour of homes, farms and woods in Waldo County, is set for Sunday, Aug. 8, in six locations around the county.
Huge year for honey
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Falmouth: The stacks of honeybee hives in a field off Woodville Road were buzzing with insects delivering pollen and nectar collected from nearby fields of clover and goldenrod as master beekeeper Erin Forbes checked the frames Tuesday. Forbes pulled out a frame heavy with light golden honey, which she will harvest in another couple of weeks. "The honey season is fantastic," said Forbes, one of only four master beekeepers in Maine.
A real farmers’ market in Starks
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Erin Rhoda – Starks: One organization is returning a former grange hall to its original use: To be a center for farmers and those who support what they produce. More than 60 people visited the Maine Alternative Agriculture Association's open house at its new facility on Route 43 this past week to see how the old hall has changed.
After 378 years, NH family farm goes on market
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Kathy McCormack – Dover, N.H.: In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants – arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms – are selling their spread, which is among the oldest continuously operated family farms in America.
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