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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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PO Box 170
Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

Physical Address:
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
Pink slime not our only icky food additive
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Editorial Opinion by The Los Angeles Times – A century ago, cautious housewives demanded that the butcher grind their beef in front of them so they could be sure he didn't toss in offal or scraps of lower-quality meat. A modern package of ground beef is more likely to come from not one animal but several and probably will include head meat, the esophagus and other internal organs. And, of course, pink slime.
Listening for Maine’s last moo
Down East - 3/27/2012.
By George Smith – When Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb started dairy farming, Maine had 2200 dairy farms. In 1991, 600 farmers were still in the dairy business. In 2002, I wrote a sorrowful plea to save the 412 dairy farms still clinging tenuously to their way of life. Last week I asked former Senator and dairyman John Nutting how many dairy farmers we still have. His answer: 305.
Crowds enjoy the sweet science of Maine Maple Sunday
Portland Press Herald - 3/26/2012.
by Beth Quimby. Rain and the poor maple syrup season don't dampen the spirits of those visiting the state's sugarhouses.

Packaging On The Pounds
The Daily - 3/26/2012.
by David Knowles. Research says chemical in plastics and cans may contribute to obesity. A controversial chemical used to harden plastics is contributing to the global obesity epidemic, according to new research by a biologist. The claims by leading BPA critic Frederick vom Saal come as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule this week — after four years of study — on whether to ban the plastic additive from use in food packaging.

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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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