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MOFGA
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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MOFGA's Farm Training Project Workshops
Weekly, June through September
at farm locations throughout Maine
Free


Designed to augment the on-farm learning of the farm apprenticeship program, MOFGA's Farm Training Project (FTP) workshops follow an informal format, usually beginning with a farm tour followed by a presentation on the topic of the day. Participants are invited to stay for a potluck supper – bring a dish or something fresh from the farm to share (please bring your own place setting as well). All events are held rain or shine and are free and open to the public. For more information or directions to any of the workshops, call 568-6018, email education@mofga.org, or check the FTP website.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto’s man Taylor returns to FDA in food-czar role
Grist - 7/8/2009.
By Tom Philpott – In a Tuesday afternoon press release, the FDA announced that Michael Taylor, a former Monsanto executive, had joined the agency as “senior advisor to the commissioner.” If the title is vague, the portfolio (pasted from the press release) is substantial – a kind of food czar of the Food and Drug Administration.
Doctor’s Rx at AMA: Eat local, organic
Huffington Post - 7/8/2009.
By Samuel Fromartz – A couple of weeks ago, the New Yorker had a fascinating article on McAllen, Texas, a county that ranks among the highest in the nation in health-care costs. Funny thing is, the outcomes of the patients in the system weren't any better than places that spent far less. The moral of the story, by physician and writer Atul Gawande, was that you must control the culture of spending (and earning) to contain out-of-control health care costs.
Field-to-plate: Vt. college students try farming
The Boston Globe - 7/6/2009.
By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press – POULTNEY, Vt.—Devin Lyons typically starts his days this summer cooking breakfast with fresh eggs from the farm's chicken coop. Then, depending on the weather, he and a dozen other college students might cut hay in the field using a team of oxen, turn compost or weed vegetable beds. While other college students are in stuffy classrooms, about a dozen are earning credit tending a Vermont farm. For 13 weeks, 12 credits and about $12,500, the Green Mountain College students plow fields with oxen or horses, milk cows, weed crops and grow and make their own food, part of an intensive course in sustainable agriculture using the least amount of fossil fuels.
Phil Howard's Seed Industry Structure
Philip H. Howard - 7/6/2009.
Philip H. Howard, Michigan State University – Howard is the author of "Consolidation in the North American Organic Food Processing Sector, 1997 to 2007," printed in the International Journal of Sociology of Agriculture and Food (Volume 16, issue 1, 2009)
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Date Change – June 27 - Tractor-Scale Weed Management

June 28 - Sticking to the Plan

June 28 - Mushroom Cultivation

July 6 - Medicinal Herbs

July 12 - New Tools for New Farmers: Marketing and Social Media

July 20 - High Tunnel Construction

July 25 - How to Establish and Manage Alfalfa in Rotation

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August 23 - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 24 - Cover Crop Demo

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September 6 - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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