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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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Monsanto soybean claims probed by West Virginia
Bloomberg - 6/25/2010.
By Jack Kaskey – Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed company, is being investigated by West Virginia over possibly misleading growers who were promised improved yields from its new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seeds.
Chemical warfare
Bangor Daily News - 6/24/2010.
Editorial – Once the health threats of tobacco became known – cancer, heart disease and emphysema – it was impossible for the nation to go back and pretend cigarettes were OK in moderation. The same was true of substances in the living environment. During the 1960s, asbestos was ubiquitous in private and public buildings such as schools, offices, libraries and apartment complexes. Once the dangers of asbestos were known, the public demanded that it be removed.
Farmers market offers double dollars deal
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Skowhegan: Dr. Michael Lambke hears the same thing over and over when he tells his chronically ill patients to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables: Healthful food costs too much. “That’s one of the biggest standard obstructions I hear from my patients,” said Lambke, a family physician who spent Saturday morning at the Skowhegan Farmers Market.
Supreme Court’s ruling on Monsanto’s GE alfalfa: Who won?
Grist - 6/21/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The sustainable agriculture world is abuzz today with news of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding an earlier lawsuit, brought by alfalfa farmers, that sought to stop any planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa seed. While the press coverage heralds the ruling as a decisive victory for Monsanto, a close reading shows that, in fact, it's a fairly significant win for opponents of biotech crops.
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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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