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Phone: 207-568-4142
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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Will the Food Safety Modernization Act harm small farms or producers?
Grist - 11/15/2010.
Word has it that debate and voting of the Food Safety Modernization Act will begin this Wednesday in the Senate. If passed, S. 510 will greatly expand the FDA's authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Will it thus make all of us eaters less likely to get sick? Last week, our esteemed panelists agreed that it will, with some caveats.
Exposure to BPA means low number of sperm
Organic Consumers - 11/15/2010.
By Brie Cadman, HMO vs PPO – Two weeks ago, Canada added the much-maligned bisphenol-A (BPA) to its list of toxic substances, lending support to the accumulating evidence that it poses a health threat to humans. BPA has shown to be harmful in the laboratory animals, but the chemical industry claims that our exposure levels are too low to matter. But are they?
Alewives hold key to rebirth of fishing
The Times Record - 11/15/2010.
By Seth Koenig – Bath: Longtime fisherman and marine researcher Ted Ames believes he knows how to revitalize the state’s sagging groundfishing industry and generate millions of dollars for coastal economies. The secret, he said, is to remove obstructions to alewife reproduction in Maine rivers.
Hope students create business plans for new gardens
Village Soup - 11/14/2010.
By Linda Hall-Stone – Hope Elementary School students on Nov. 2 presented business plans for new raised bed gardens to several members of Seeds of Hope. Students from Erik Wade's seventh-grade math class designed a business plan, researched the effectiveness, contacted local hardware and lumber stores for supply costs. The school and its students have been reaping the harvest from a greenhouse and raised bed garden thanks to the eighth-grade class of 2008.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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