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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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294 Crosby Brook Road
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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
Rising CO2 in atmosphere speeds carbon loss from forest soils
Think Progress - 7/15/2012.
Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found.
Monroe a hot spot for hops
Bangor Daily News - 7/15/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Monroe: When people drive by Elm Hill Farm on Back Brooks Road, many of them stop to gawk at the acre of thick, green hop vines growing on trellises that stretch toward the sky.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds now owned by employees
Bangor Daily News - 7/12/2012.
By Alex Barber – Albion: Johnny’s Selected Seeds announced that it will be a 100 percent employee-owned company. The company, which is provides seeds, tools, information and sales, will hold an event celebrating the move at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, at its research farm in Albion.
FDA approved drug produced in genetically engineered carrot cells
Treehugger - 7/12/2012.
By Ramon Gonzalez – This past spring Popular Science reported on the U.S. Federal Drug Administration's approval of a drug for humans that was produced in genetically engineered plant cells. The drug, called Elelyso, is used to treat a disorder known as Gaucher disease which results from the lack of a specific enzyme. The earlier treatment for Gaucher disease was derived from hamster cells.
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