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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.

Class locations and more information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Russell Libby, Organic Farming Advocate, Dies at 56
The New York Times - 12/12/2012.
By Dennis Hevesi – Russell Libby, one of the nation’s leading advocates for organic farming, died on Sunday at his farm in Mount Vernon, Me. He was 56. What began with his fourth-grade teacher handing out packets of vegetable seeds to her students in Sorrento, Me., nearly five decades ago, evolved into a lifelong passion for Mr. Libby and a deep concern about industrial farming and its use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Is organic food more nutritious than non-organic food?
Chemistry World - 12/12/2012.
By Harriet Brewerton – Scientists in Denmark have compared how organic and non-organic diets affect dietary mineral uptake in humans, focusing on copper and zinc. They found that there is no difference between the two diets when it comes to uptake and how the minerals are processed in the body.
Pig farm pollution linked to higher blood pressure
Environmental Health News - 12/12/2012.
Synopsis by Virginia T. Guidry and Wendy Hessler – Air pollution and strong odors emanating from large-scale swine operations may affect blood pressure of people who live nearby, according to new research.
Eat local all winter? That's a big CAN DO
Portland Press Herald - 12/12/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Cheryl Wixson is a businesswoman on a mission. After just one year, Wixson has a growing company that offers a unique way for Mainers to eat locally-grown food in the winter. "My goal is to help the farmer get the best price and help the customer eat local all year," said Wixson.
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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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