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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

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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Beginning Beekeeping
with David Smith
Saturday, February 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Fee: $50 for MOFGA members; $75 for non-members. Please bring your own lunch to this event.

Our beekeeping short course will cover the essentials to get you going in the world of beekeeping, such as where to locate your apiary, characteristics of different races of bees, where to purchase bees and equipment, how to assemble that equipment, and how to establish your first hive and get it through the first season.

Instructor David Smith is an experienced beekeeper who has maintained over 200 honey bee colonies for 35-plus years. He has served as assistant state apiary inspector, and he owns and operates Sparky's Apiaries in Hope, Maine.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Eastport cleared to ship livestock
Bangor Daily News - 7/18/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Eastport: “This is going to be my first rodeo,” Roland “Skip” Rogers said Friday as he readied the port of Eastport to transfer 500 dairy cows into climate-controlled transport containers for shipment to Turkey.
The state of Maine’s cheeses and wines gets finer
The Boston Globe - 7/18/2010.
By Nancy Heiser – Scarborough: The moment I taste a wedge of Deb Hahn’s Noble Hill Reserve at the waterfront farmer’s market in Bath, I am smitten. It’s nutty, smooth, caramel-y, with a slight graininess at the finish. Is it something in the local cows’ milk, the salty air, or the maker’s finesse that makes this cheese so outstanding? It’s time to research some local cheeses, with a few stops along the Maine Wine Trail for good measure.
Clethra: Fragrant and so ... Not hydrangea
Portland Press Herald - 7/18/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Clethra is a superb shrub that has a lot going for it. It has attractive bottle-brush shaped blossoms, it can tolerate shade or sun, it likes moist soils, it attracts butterflies, it is native to Maine and it blooms in summer – July to September, depending on location and variety.
Nanotech in our food: should we be afraid?
Alternet - 7/18/2010.
By Marion Nestle – Nanotechnology involves the ability to control matter at the scale of a nanometer – one billionth of a meter. The world market for products that contain nanomaterials is expected to reach $2.6 trillion by 2015. So says a report from the Government Accountability Office. The effects of nanotechnology on the environment are regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), which is why this report targets recommendations to EPA. Shouldn't some of those recommendations be directed toward FDA, the agency that regulates food safety?
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