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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Arsenic in chickens: the FDA takes on poisonous poultry
The Atlantic - 6/13/2011.
By Marion Nestle – For years, public health advocates have fretted about the use of arsenic-containing drugs to kill intestinal parasites and promote growth in chickens. One such drug is roxarsone, made by Pfizer. Its arsenic is the organic (carbon-containing) form, which is less toxic than the inorganic form. But, as The New York Times explained, evidence has been accumulating that the organic form can change into the more toxic, inorganic form, a known carcinogen.
Supporting mom-and-pop stores in food deserts
Grist - 6/13/2011.
Gary Nabhan and Kelly Watters are right that it will take a diversity of new and expanded fresh food stores to truly solve the crisis of inadequate access to healthy food in many low-income areas. Small grocery stores, farmers markets, and expanded convenience stores are all part of a comprehensive, sustainable solution to this challenge.
Disease has needles falling from Maine pine trees
Bangor Daily News - 6/13/2011.
AP – Augusta: The Maine Department of Conservation reports increasing damage throughout the state to eastern white pine trees, particularly a yellowing, browning and loss of needles. Officials expect unusual and excessive shedding of infected, 1-year-old tree needles over the next few weeks, caused by three fungi.
Scientists create lady goats trapped inside male bodies
Treehugger - 6/13/2011.
By Stephen Messenger – The results of genetic modification have given rise to transgender goats which are essentially females in male bodies. Scientists working in New Zealand have begun breeding for these transgender goats, equipped with full male anatomy, in order to see if the milk they produce will bear similarities with human breast milk.
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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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