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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes
April 8, 2015
6 to 9 p.m.
At adult education programs across the state!
Registration fees: $5 to cover handouts



Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?

Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners.

Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. The workshops are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels.

Class locations and more information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Antibiotic Use On The Farm: Are We Flying Blind?
National Public Radio - 8/29/2013.
By Dan Charles - There's a heated over the use of antibiotics in farm animals. say farmers overuse these drugs; say they don't.
Smucker given short shrift by judge in latest twist in GMOs and ‘natural’ claims row
Food Navigator USA - 8/29/2013.
By Elaine Watson - Pressure has been mounting on the FDA to tackle this issue in recent weeks after judges handling two high profile class action lawsuits vs Gruma Corp and General Mills over natural claims and GMOs put them on ice to give the agency time to clarify things once and for all.
American Kids Get Artificial Food Dyes, British Kids Get All-Natural Dyes
Treehugger - 8/29/2013.
By Katherine Martinko - Processed foods such as Skittles, Starbursts, Nutri-Grain Bars, and Lunchables might look the same in an American grocery store as they do in a British one, but they’re not the same. The American versions contain the artificial food dyes while the U.K. versions have replaced those risky food dyes with natural additives, such as beetroot powder, annatto, and paprika extract.
GMO corn failing to protect fields from pest damage: report
Reuters - 8/29/2013.
By Carey Gillam - Researchers in the key corn-growing state of Illinois are finding significant damage from rootworms in farm fields planted in a rotation with a genetically modified corn that is supposed to protect the crop from the pests, according to a new report.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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