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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practice


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Free for MOFGA apprentices (registration required); MOFGA members $75; all other registrants $100 per day or $150 for both days

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The Maine Ingredient: Secret pockets of peppery wild watercress will reward its seekers
Portland Press Herald - 4/17/2013.
By Anne Mahle - This weekend I heard about a secret patch of watercress found on the bank of a swift-flowing river in early spring, when the mornings are still crisp and leaves have not yet bloomed on the trees, allowing for sunlight to hit this verdant spot for only a three-week period.
Washington state Senate passes bill to ban carcinogenic flame retardants in products made for kids
The Oregonian - 4/17/2013.
AP - The Washington state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for young children.
Is Organic Better? Ask a Fruit Fly
The New York Times - 4/17/2013.
By Tara Parker-Pope - When Ria Chhabra, a middle school student near Dallas, heard her parents arguing about the value of organic foods, she was inspired to create a science fair project to try to resolve the debate. Three years later, Ria’s exploration of fruit flies and organic foods has earned the 16-year-old top honors in a national science competition, publication in a respected scientific journal and university laboratory privileges normally reserved for graduate students.
None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use
Grist - 4/17/2013.
By David Roberts - The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab.
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May 11 - Farm Training Project Workshop: 2016 Communication Kick-Off Potluck Social

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May 18 - Farm Training Project Workshop: Haying Basics & Tractor Safety

May 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Level 1 for Women at Hidden Valley Nature Center

May 24-25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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