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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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Beginning Beekeeping
with David Smith
Saturday, February 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event.

Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, such as where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your first hive and get it through the first season.

Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Too little info about probe of tainted meat
Kennebec Journal - 12/23/2011.
Editorial – A week after Hannaford supermarkets pulled suspect ground beef from their shelves, Maine consumers still have questions. What was the source of the salmonella poisoning that sickened 16 people, including four in Maine?
Good food news of 2011
Grist - 12/22/2011.
By Twilight Greenaway – 2011 was a big year for food politics. In case you dozed off anywhere along the way, I've collected the year's most important stories below. (1. Urban farming is flourishing …)
EPA unveils regulations to reduce airborne mercury
Bangor Daily News - 12/22/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Maine regulators as well as health and environmental organizations are cheering new federal rules announced Wednesday that are expected to reduce the amount of airborne mercury pollution drifting into the state from coal-fired power plants in other states.
Who are the young farmers of ‘generation organic’?
National Public Radio - 12/22/2011.
By Dan Charles – For decades, as young people have been leaving farms behind, the average age of the American farmer has been rising. The last time the government counted farmers, in 2002, the average farmer was 55-years-old. But there's a new surge of youthful vigor into American agriculture – at least in the corner of it devoted to organic, local food.
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