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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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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
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.
Eco-warriors, arise
The Asian Age - 5/23/2012.
By Vandana Shiva – In June 2012, world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and environmental groups as well as the private sector will come together in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for Rio+20.
Learn how to save seeds at Seed School & Seed Camp
Portland Press Herald - 5/22/2012.
Avery Yale Kamila – By this point most gardeners have something sprouting in the vegetable patch and an army of seedlings waiting for their day in the sun. Even though the season is just beginning, it's time to start thinking about next year's garden and the seeds that will make it possible.
Drinking milk from happy cows ensures great-grandpa’s legacy
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2012.
Op-ed by Liz Soares – My maternal great-grandparents lived in Tiverton, R.I., near the mill city of Fall River, Mass., a neighborhood of working-class homes packed closely together. The 1910 census shows that my grandfather and two great-uncles (also living in the house) were employed at the cotton mill a mile or so away. But, strangely, my great-grandfather was listed as a milkman. When I asked my mother to explain, she said, "He had a cow. He sold the milk."
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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

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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