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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
14 Food Resolutions to Bring in The New Year
Food Tank - 12/26/2013.
As we enter 2014, there are still nearly one billion people suffering from hunger. Simultaneously, 65 percent of the world's population live in countries where obesity kills more people than those who are underweight. But these are problems that we can solve and there's a lot to be done in the new year!
WSU studies how organic methods help fight crop pests
The Seattle Times - 12/25/2013.
By Kristi Pihl - The DNA from the stomachs of predator bugs and plant genetics may help Washington State University researchers figure out how organic-farming practices are defeating major pests like aphids and caterpillars. WSU recently received an almost $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture that will be the main source of funding for the three-year “CSI: Organic” project.
Homemade granola fun to bake and good fuel for body
Portland Press Herald - 12/25/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila, Natural Foodie - Quick and easy to make – and an ideal cooking project for kids – granola fills the house with a sweet, toasty aroma as it bakes. Once cooled, the cereal can be stored in glass jars for weeks, but it’s unlikely to last that long. Mine never even makes it to the weekend.
Portland restaurant uses only local ingredients – no olive oil, black pepper
Bangor Daily News - 12/24/2013.
By Kathleen Pierce - When David Levi set out to open his first restaurant, Vinland in Congress Square, he had the region’s native people – members of the Penobscot Indian Nation – in mind. What would the Penobscot eat? Mussels flavored with apple cider vinegar? Smoked duck? Poached cod in herbal broth?
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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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