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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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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
Already Desperate, Haitian Farmers Are Left Hopeless After Storm
The New York Times - 11/17/2012.
By Randal C. Archibold - Haitians, who know well the death and despair natural disasters can cause, suffered mightily from Hurricane Sandy, which bashed the country’s rural areas and killed at least 54 people.
DuPont-Dow Corn Defeated by Armyworms in Florida: Study
Bloomberg - 11/16/2012.
By Jack Kaskey - Fall armyworms in southern Florida survived a pesticide engineered into corn by Dow Chemical Co. (DOW) and DuPont Co., the second insect to show signs of resistance to genetically modified crops in the U.S., according to a study.
Corporate Giant Comes Out Against GMOs
Willamette Live - 11/15/2012.
Kaiser Permanente – the largest managed healthcare organization in the United States – recommends that its members limit their exposure to GE crops. “Despite what the biotech industry might say,” reports Kaiser Permanente, “there is little research on the long-term effects of GMOs on human health. Independent research has found that several varieties of GMO corn caused organ damage in rats. Other studies have found that GMOs may lead to an inability in animals to reproduce.” The article recommends buying organic foods to avoid GE ingredients; avoiding foods made with non-organic corn, cottonseed, canola and soy oil; buying foods with the Non-GMO Project Verified seal; and asking at local markets if their foods are GE-free.
Cherry tomato ‘Jasper’ new 2013 AAS winner
All America Selections - 11/14/2012.
Cherry tomato ‘Jasper’ F1 is one of the three vegetables which are announced by the All-America Selections (AAS) as new 2013 winners. ‘Jasper’, bred by Johnny’s Selected Seeds, has according to the AAS judges an excellent taste, a long harvest window and outstanding performance. An added bonus is high disease resistance to Late Blight, Fusarium races 1, 2 and Early Blight.”
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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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