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Support MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard

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

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Leave the tilling to the earthworms
Bangor Daily News - 4/23/2011.
By Reeser Manley – The garden’s life is waking. The beds are bare, their dark soil soaking up rain one day, warmed by sunlight the next. At their surface or just below, signs of the garden’s awakening abound. Scarab beetles, tossed up in the digging of postholes for the garden’s new gate, lumber sleepily over clods of damp clay.
Garden collective gets 40 new plots
Portland Press Herald - 4/21/2011.
By Leslie Bridgers – South Portland: About 40 plots in a new community garden will be available for planting next spring. On Wednesday night, the City Council approved leasing a portion of the playing fields at the former Hamlin School to the Community Garden Collective, a nonprofit organization that first presented its plan to the council in January.
Organic agriculture: deeply rooted in science and ecology
Grist - 4/21/2011.
By Eliot Coleman – Organic farming is often falsely represented as being unscientific. However, despite the popular assumption that it sprang full born from the delusions of 60s hippies, it has a more extensive, and scientifically respectable, provenance.
Pesticide link to lower IQ
Telegraph (U.K.) - 4/21/2011.
By Stephen Adams – Researchers found that exposure during pregnancy to pesticides called organophosphates – used on food crops – may impair child cognitive development. They found that every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother's pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in children by the age of seven.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

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

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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