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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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PO Box 170
Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

Physical Address:
294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME



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Farm Training Project Coming Up

These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.

Photo courtesy of Good Dirt Garlic

Conservation Farm Tour
Wednesday, August 13, 4 p.m.
Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Road, Monticello

Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences at this year's Conservation Farm Tour at Good Dirt Garlic. This informal farm tour and discussion will provide real life examples of how a well designed cover crop sequence can lead to the soil health conditions favorable for marketable crops. Please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142. Sponsored by MOFGA, Southern Aroostook SWCD and USDA-NRCS. Farm Training Project schedule.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Government cracks down on farmers who hire children
The New York Times - 6/19/2010.
By Erik Eckhom – White Lake, N.C.: The Obama administration has opened a broad campaign of enforcement against farmers who employ children and underpay workers, hiring hundreds of investigators and raising fines for labor and wage violators.
No vacation from good nutrition
Portland Press Herald - 6/17/2010.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: The spaghetti was tasty and the atmosphere was welcoming Wednesday evening in the cafeteria at Lincoln Middle School, the site of a new, free summer dinner program that's geared toward families. For Vicki McMahan, a mother of two who has a mental health disability, it's one more way to stretch her food budget.
Mainers decry federal government’s slight against potatoes
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2010.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Don Flannery, executive director of the Maine Potato Board, knows that potatoes have gotten a really bad rap in the past few years. A surge in low carbohydrate or no carbohydrate diets a few years ago led many people to substitute a serving of mashed cauliflower for an order of mashed potatoes. Despite an aggressive campaign by the potato industry to point out the health benefits of the product, some people still believe potatoes are unhealthful – and it appears that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may agree.
Season’s fleeting, but organic berries abound in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/16/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Strawberry season – one of the sweetest times of year – is upon us, which means now is the moment to snatch up their fleeting goodness. In another month or so, nature’s candy store continues to throw open its doors as blueberries begin to ripen on Maine farms.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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