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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

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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
Everyone at the table: local foods and the farm bill
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 3/29/2012.
By JoAnne Berkenkamp and Bill Wenzel – The local foods movement in the United States has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade, but still represents a small portion of the overall food system. How can local food systems continue to grow and remain sustainable?
Put your money where your mouth is: funding food with Kickstarter
Grist - 3/29/2012.
By Sarah Henry – Edible entrepreneur/video editor Dafna Kory is an ideal candidate for a food-focused Kickstarter campaign. Kory, founder of Inna Jam, an organic artisan preserves company in Berkeley, Calif., supplements her budding food business with commercial film, video, and web editing gigs and is well-acquainted with the crowd-funding platform.
Beekeepers to EPA: we’re running out of time
Grist - 3/29/2012.
By Claire Thompson – Beekeepers have been concerned that pesticides are to blame for the bee die-offs devastating their industry for a while now. As we reported recently, their losses have spiraled out of control, putting not just the beekeepers but our entire agricultural system in peril.
Organic farmers appeal decision in Monsanto lawsuit
Portland Press Herald - 3/29/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Organic farmers filed an appeal Wednesday in a case challenging chemical giant Monsanto’s patents on genetically-modified seeds. The appeal seeks to reinstate the case that was dismissed in February by U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald of the Southern District of New York before it went to court.
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