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

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NEW! Charcuterie Series
January 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6
4 sessions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith's Smokehouse, Monroe, Maine

Join Andy Smith of Smith's Smokehouse and delve into the basics of charcuterie through a series of four workshops. Learn how to create your own charcuterie goods, and potential business, and then dig deep into a variety of curing processes including bacon, bresaola, beef jerky and more! Don't forget to register for this course, we only have 10 spots available. The complete series is $350 for MOFGA members and $400 for non-members. Each session will take place at Smith's Smokehouse; bring your own lunch. If you have any questions, email Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Grants help food stamp users, farmers markets
Bangor Daily News - 4/12/2011.
Brunwick: Wholesome Wave recently awarded grants to five Maine nonprofits to expand the impact of its “Nourishing Neighborhoods Campaign,” and to help double the buying power of food stamp users at 11 local farmers markets. The five awardees are: Cultivating Community, $14,000; Skowhegan Farmers Market, $21,000; Down East Business Alliance, $13,000; Maine Farmland Trust, $6,100; and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, $7,000.
Coming soon, to a city near you: open-source agriculture
Grist - 4/12/2011.
By Danielle Gould – Most people attempting to build a viable urban agriculture business are acutely aware of the enormously challenging and time-consuming process of navigating zoning regulations. Which is why I got excited when I learned about Washington, D.C.-based John Reinhardt and the urban agriculture zoning and food sovereignty ordinance maps recently launched on his blog Grown in the City.
Worm … castings are the new gold
Kennebec Journal - 4/10/2011.
By Craig Crosby – Readfield: There's gold in that there poop. Maybe that's because it doesn't look like poop, smell like poop or act like poop – when it comes from a worm. That's part of the beauty Richard Reed saw in jumping into the worm casting business.
What’s new? Experts pick some beauties
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/10/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been looking out at our yard a lot this winter and early spring, mostly because it has been too cold and windy to go outside. So I have been looking forward to making the calls for the new-plants column I do about this time every year.
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