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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The way we farm now: fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops
Grist - 5/23/2012.
As Congress hustles to pass the next food and farm bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about how little government support goes to fruit and vegetable farmers compared to the Big Five commodity crops (wheat, corn, soy, rice, and cotton).
An organic advocate for the family farm
UNH Sustainable Stories - 5/23/2012.
By Julia Miller – Bridgewater: Eight hours north of Boston, in the rural expanse of northern Maine, lives the man behind a lawsuit that aims to reverse a 30-year-old Supreme Court decision that allowed a corporate agricultural giant to patent its seeds of life. Jim Gerritsen lives down a long dirt road in Bridgewater, heart of a region once known as the “Potato Empire.” Now, after decades of consolidation in American agriculture, Gerritsen and others like him say they are fighting for what once was so common in Aroostook County, and much of America: the family farm.
Merchants to start Hampden Farmer’s Market
Bangor Daily News - 5/23/2012.
By Andrew Neff – Hampden: Michelle Byram and other members of the new Hampden Farmer’s Market didn’t intend to be the latest vendors to attempt reviving a traditional farmers’ market in Hampden, but they’ve grown to like the idea.
UN chief: ocean’s biodiversity must be protected
Common Dreams - 5/23/2012.
Speaking on the International World Biodiversity Day, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday warned that over-consumption and rampant pollution was threatening the world's ocean and marine biodiverity. "Despite its importance, marine biodiversity has not fared well at human hands," he said in a prepared statement.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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