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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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Unity, Maine

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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practice


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The value of being greener
The Boston Globe - 8/22/2011.
By Kathleen Pierce – There was a time when farm life was impossible without a big, beefy truck. Carting bales of hay and hauling equipment took a burly gas-guzzler. At Otter River Farm, David Smith’s utility vehicle uses no gas at all. Zipping around his dairy in Winchendon, home to Smith’s Country Cheese, on a zero-emissions golf cart, Smith is blazing a path for greener and cleaner times in agriculture.
Harvesting all that the August garden has to offer
Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2011.
By Reeser Manley – For this gardener August means ripe blueberries and ripening tomatoes, fresh cucumbers every day, the first basil harvest, a river of orange and yellow self-sown calendulas flowing through the vegetable garden. August is stepping gingerly over elephant-ear leaves of winter squash, broccoli seedlings growing on the porch rail, goldfinches pecking at sunflower heads, the fragrance of summersweet blossoms, oak trees with moth-eaten leaves, ripe acorns in the grass.
Only thing consistent about Maine weather is its inconsistency
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2011.
By Denis Thoet – All farmers seem to do, besides farming, is complain about the weather. In 2009, we had 20-plus inches of rain during that June and July, and the moaning was as loud as the highway noise on Interstate 295 when the wind is right. "You can't do anything about the weather," is the typical whine. So, after the initial braying, it's time to think about what to do, then do it: Irrigate in drought and shelter your crops in stretches of wet weather.
Plants, animals migrating upward as climate changes
Bangor Daily News - 8/19/2011.
By Brian Vastag – Across the globe, plants and animals are creeping, crawling, slithering and winging to higher altitudes and higher latitudes as global temperatures climb. Moreover, the greater the warming in any given region, the farther its plants and animals have migrated, according to the largest analysis to date of the rapidly shifting ranges of species in Europe, North America, Chile and Malaysia.
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May 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Level 1 for Women at Hidden Valley Nature Center

May 24-25 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices

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June 11 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

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