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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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Beginning Beekeeping
Saturday, February 18
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration: $75. $50 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch.

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.

Dave Smith is an experienced beekeeper maintaining over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as Assistant State Apiary Inspector for 7 years, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Common Ground Fair starts today in Unity
Kennebec Journal - 9/24/2011.
Associated Press – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair is under way this weekend in Unity. Gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 6:30 p.m. today, 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Fair goes on rain or shine.
Common Ground Fair lets kids flourish, too
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 9/24/2011.
By Beth Staples – Unity: Mazie Biswell wants a micro pig. To earn the $800 she needs to buy one of the trendy, pint-sized pets, the enterprising 12-year-old sold her hand-made felt pigs for $12 each Friday at the Common Ground Country Fair.
Scarborough bans synthetic pesticides on town property
The Forecaster - 9/22/2011.
By Mario Moretto – Scarborough: The town's fields, playgrounds and other public properties will be synthetic pesticide-free under a policy adopted Wednesday by the Town Council. The policy, which calls chemical pesticides "a major environmental problem and a public health issue," began as a conversation between town officials and members of what is now known as Citizens for a Green Scarborough. It was modeled after similar plans in Rockport and Camden.
Organic farming as a green jobs strategy? Demand for organics to stimulate 42,000 jobs
Think Progress - 9/22/2011.
By Cole Mellino – A new report released this week finds that demand for organics may create up to 42,000 jobs by 2015, up from 14,000 today. The Organic Farming Research Foundation, is calling on Congress to consider the growing economic impact of organic farming as it reconfigures the 2012 farm bill.
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February 18 - Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

February 26-27 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop with Richard Wiswall

March 4 - Spring Growth Conference

March 5 - MOFGA/Farmer Appreciation Dinner at Solo Italiano, Portland

March 11 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

March 18 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Renovating Old Trees

March 25 - Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning

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