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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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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.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Is a new food policy on Obama’s list?
The New York Times - 12/24/2008.
From the moment it was clear that Barack Obama was going to be president, people who have dedicated their lives to changing how America eats thought they had found their St. Nicholas. It wasn’t long before the letters to Santa began piling up.
Fresh eggs, finances and fun: families flock to keep hens
The Guardian [UK] - 12/24/2008.
Urban henkeeping is on the rise, fuelled by the economic downturn and pressure on family budgets. It was a farm holiday in Wales that persuaded Vicki Gilmore from Edinburgh that it might be a good idea to keep her own hens. She bought three, named them Maisie, Milly, and Molly, and set up a coop in her garden.
Delectable food-politics books of '08: Vandana Shiva's Soil Not Oil
Grist - 12/24/2008.
A number of worthy food-politics books emerged this year, and over the next week I'll be posting reviews of the year's top ten. Today's is Vandana Shiva's Soil Not Oil: Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Crisis.
Food, fuel and fiber? The challenge of using the earth to grow energy
WorldChanging - 12/22/2008.
By Alan Atkisson – In May of 2008, while visiting Jakarta, I came across a newspaper story about a protest there. Hundreds of people had gathered in front of the gates of a charitable NGO whose mission was to feed poor people. The NGO was simply unable to provide enough rice, tofu and other staples to meet the need.
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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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