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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practices

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May 9, 2018
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $100; discounts for MOFGA members

This one-day immersion course is designed for MOFGA apprentices but is open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Department and organic farmers for a one-day introductory course in organic farming. Lunch will be provided.

The day will focus on the fundamentals of organic vegetable farming. MOFGA’s Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist, and Dave Colson, Agricultural Services Director, will cover theory and best practices for organic management of soils, and cover plant families. After lunch we will tour a neighboring farm.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Up to 98% of our fresh food carries pesticides
Daily Mail [UK] - 8/28/2013.
By Sean Poulter - Almost half of all fresh produce is affected by use of the substances. The proportion of supermarket food with residues has almost doubled in decade.
World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease
The Center for Public Integrity - 8/28/2013.
By Sasha Chavkin - A mysterious kidney disease that is afflicting Central American agricultural workers has been raising growing alarms among governments, and in April the region’s health ministers jointly declared that the ailment was among their top public health priorities.
Monsanto-developed corn foiled by pests
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/28/2013.
By Georgina Gustin - Farmers in two Illinois counties are reporting that the western corn rootworm, a potentially devastating pest, is showing up in their fields despite rotating fields and planting Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co’s insecticidal corn.
Eye on Augusta: Food Sovereignty Movement Takes Root in Maine
The Free Press - 8/28/2013.
By Andy O’Brien - Last spring the Maine Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) Committee became the center of an emotional debate over the future of the state's food policy. On one side were farmers and local-food advocates who believe that the government, in league with big agribusiness, has hampered the growth of small farms with one-size-fits-all regulations.
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