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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME



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Volunteers' Earth Day Cleanup Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Saturday, April 19

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Cleanup Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, volunteers may be cleaning, raking and mulching gardens, screening compost for use on the grounds, doing light carpentry, helping our Low-Impact Forestry Committee with its work in the woods ... or helping with other projects.

For more information or to RSVP for the workday, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is located in Unity, Maine, on the Crosby Brook Road, off Routes 139/220.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Occurrence of and Dietary Exposure to Parabens in Foodstuffs from the United States
Environmental Science & Technology - 3/18/2013.
By Chunyang Liao et al. - Of 267 food samples collected in Albany, N.Y., more than 90 percent contained parabens, esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid that are widely used as preservatives in cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and foods. This is thought to be the first study to report the occurrence of parabens in foods.
Voters reject plan to reduce mosquitoes on Cranberry Isles
The Working Waterfront - 3/18/2013.
By Laurie Schreiber - Mosquitoes have been driving residents of the Cranberry Isles crazy for at least a century. But the swarms likely will return this summer, because residents rejected a proposal to address the biting bugs.
Belfast food hub creates market for local vendors
Mainebiz - 3/18/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - The world almost didn't get to taste Julie Romano's salsa. "Because it was a fresh product, I couldn't make it in a home kitchen," she says. Then she heard about plans to retrofit the old Moss manufacturing building on Route 1 on the outskirts of Belfast and convert the space into a food storage and processing center.
"Mesophyllic" fertilizer and soil culturing
Rodale Institute - 3/18/2013.
By Kevin Meehan - The author has discovered that composting alfalfa pellets produces a potent nitrogen fertilizer that also smells terrific.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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