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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
Norway Devotes Big Bucks To Crop Diversity
Environmental News Network - 9/27/2013.
By Sophie Wenzlau, Worldwatch Institute - Earlier this week, the government of Norway pledged US$23.7 million to conserve and sustainably manage some of the world's most important food crops, citing the critical need for crop diversity at a time when populations are soaring and climate change is threatening staples like rice and maize.
Prions – in plants? New concern for chronic wasting disease
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism - 9/27/2013.
By Ron Seely - Prions – the infectious, deformed proteins that cause chronic wasting disease in deer – can be taken up by plants such as alfalfa, corn and tomatoes, according to new research from the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison.
Cantaloupe Farmers Arrested – Will There Be Others?
Las Vegas Guardian Express - 9/27/2013.
By Lisa Nance - In 2011, the most lethal outbreak of food poisoning this nation has ever seen happened after cases of cantaloupe shipped from a Colorado farm were eaten. The cantaloupes harbored the deadly bacteria, listeria, hospitalizing 147 people and killing 33. Cantaloupe farmers, Eric and Ryan Jensen, are being held responsible for the outbreak and have been arrested. But, as details of the crime begin to appear it begs the question of whether our food supply is safe and will there be others arrested for similar offenses.
Safety of New Pesticide Technology Is Under Review
Roll Call - 9/27/2013.
By Philip Brashe - The agency said it “recognizes the need to better understand the scientific issues concerning the assessment of the risks to human health and the environment that RNAi technologies may pose before any regulatory decisions concerning these products can be made.”
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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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