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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

Saturday, June 17, 2017


This free event features participatory workshops on sustainable living skills. Come dressed for the weather, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!

Workshops to explore … Gardening skills, Foraging for Food and Natural Medicine, Upcyling, Cooking techniques from Vegan dishes to Popcorn Balls, Fiber Arts from Sheep to Shawl, Scything, and much more!

Admission and parking are FREE and all workshops are led by volunteers. Materials have been donated and you can take home many of your workshop creations. There is nothing to buy … but there are some things you can bring to contribute to the fun!

Please bring a dish to share at our Potluck Picnic Lunch or ingredients for the Stone Soup we’ll make on site!

You can also bring plants to share at our Plant Swap!

All the opportunities to give and take help us move toward a gift economy! Like to mow with scythes? Or want to learn? The day begins at 7 a.m. with team mowing of the Amphitheater. Tea & Crumpets welcome participants at 9am; hourly workshops begin at 9:30am and run until 4:30 p.m. with the noon hour off for a Potluck Picnic Lunch.

To volunteer contact Anna Libby 207-568-4142 or
alibby@mofga.org. MORE INFORMATION

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
More Attention to the Soil Can Boost Food Production
Science Daily - 11/20/2012.
According to FAO, in the last thirty years a quarter of all agricultural land has become less fertile as a result of erosion, silting, soil exhaustion or other forms of land degradation. If these problems were addressed in northern China, food production there could be boosted by 25 per cent. Regional governments need to pay more attention to soil and learn from how soil restoration measures in other parts of the world have helped to increase crop yields.
Monsanto Should Not Expand Relying on Public Money
CEE Bankwatch Network - 11/19/2012.
Monsanto, the world’s largest seed producer and one of the most prominent promoters of GMO crops worldwide, is set to receive 40 million US dollars of public financial support via the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
Survey Results: 50% Believe “Natural” Means No GMOs; Price is the Biggest Barrier to Buying Organic Foods
ViJuvenate - 11/19/2012.
This survey was based only on only 206 respondents to a Survey Monkey survey. Even respondents making $100+ said organic foods were too expensive. 50% believe natural foods don’t contain GMOs. 43% believe foods labeled as “natural” must meet strict USDA guidelines. 33% believe natural foods are grown without use of “chemical pesticides or sprays.”
Breast cancer risk in relation to occupations with exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors: a Canadian case–control study
Environmental Health - 11/19/2012.
By James T Brophy et al. – A study of more than 2,000 women found that those in occupations with potentially high exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors, including agriculture, bars-gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning and metal working, had a greater risk of breast cancer than those in other occupations. Those on farms tend to begin work earlier than those in other occupations, possibly exposing prepubescent girls to hormone disruptors. Those working in canning may be exposed to more pesticides as they wash and prepare food, and to BPA by inhalation from heated can liners.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 31 - MOFGA Farm Training Project Communication Kick-Off! Potluck Social!

June 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show

June 5 - Fiber Farming

June 15 - Cover Crops

June 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 21 - Organic Livestock Management

June 24 - Summer Orchard Care

July 6 - Medicinal Herbs

July 20 - High Tunnel Construction

July 27 - Weed Management

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August TBD - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September TBD - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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