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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
US genetically modified wheat stokes fears, Japan cancels tender
Reuters - 5/30/2013.
By Naveen Thukral and Risa Maeda - A strain of genetically modified wheat found in the United States fuelled concerns over food supplies across Asia on Thursday, with major importer Japan cancelling a tender offer to buy U.S. grain.
Genetically modified wheat: Japan postpones order from Portland grain shipper, investigation continues
The Oregonian - 5/30/2013.
By Eric Mortenson - Japan, the biggest importer of soft white wheat grown in Oregon and Washington, postponed a 25,000-ton order from a Portland grain shipper Thursday, the first market fallout after the discovery of genetically engineered wheat plants growing in an eastern Oregon field where they shouldn't have been.
For Farmers Fearing Drought, Auroville Offers Some Lessons
The New York Times - 5/30/2013.
By Anupama Chandrasekaran - Now that June is right around the corner, farmers and economists in India are anxiously awaiting the arrival of monsoon season, which will bring up to 80 percent of the country’s annual rainfall. They have good reason to worry: with the agriculture sector contributing nearly 15 percent to India’s gross domestic product last fiscal year, a lackluster monsoon could be disastrous for farmers and, in turn, the wider economy.
Foraging for Beach Greens with Andrew Taylor
Portland Press Herald - 5/30/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - More and more people are becoming invested in finding ways to eat healthier, strengthen their local food systems, and in general are paying closer attention to where their food comes from. As this happens, they are also finding opportunities to educate themselves and their children about what they eat. What better way than starting in your backyard?
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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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