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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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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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Volunteers' Earth Day Cleanup Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Saturday, April 19

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Cleanup Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, volunteers may be cleaning, raking and mulching gardens, screening compost for use on the grounds, doing light carpentry, helping our Low-Impact Forestry Committee with its work in the woods ... or helping with other projects.

For more information or to RSVP for the workday, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is located in Unity, Maine, on the Crosby Brook Road, off Routes 139/220.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
The local foods movement and how it affects the economy
Sustain Southern Maine - 6/18/2012.
The Local Foods movement in Maine and New England has the potential to have a major effect on future regional employment, land use, housing, even population, because experts project that by 2050, Maine could be responsible for producing as much as 80% of New England’s locally harvested food.
The buzz on the bees
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/17/2012.
By Deirdre Fleming – Arundel: Kirstan Watson enjoyed having dozens of honeybees buzzing around her as she inspected one of her three hives. At the other two stacked boxes, there were few bees in the air. But at the one healthy hive, Watson was like an air traffic controller at a busy airport.
Maine gardener: months into gardening season, and still plenty to plant
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/17/2012.

By Tom Atwell – This has been a strange year for gardening – ahead of schedule and behind at the same time. We planted our first round of peas in late March, earlier than ever before, and they are doing well. There are a few tiny, unfilled pods and lots of blossoms.

Bates student gives up potential career as doctor to become family’s eighth generation of farmers
Bangor Daily News - 6/17/2012.

By Kathryn Skelton – Poland: Tomi Chipman was sitting in an anthropology class at Bates College in Lewiston, on a premed track, and realized she would rather be out in the field with her dad. By last fall, she had made up her mind. When she graduates, Chipman wants to be a farmer.

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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

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