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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
We need to produce 70% more food in next 40 years
Treehugger - 10/14/2009.
By Kristin Underwood – And the estimates of what it would take to get such a volume of food produced don't get any better. The money it would take to increase food production by that large amount is in the billions and even with best estimates, hundreds of millions of people will still starve by 2050, reports the BBC. Is there anything that can be done?
Farm Workers and Allies Ask Gov't to Protect Kids From Toxic Pesticide Drift
Common Dreams - 10/14/2009.
The public interest law firms Earthjustice and Farmworker Justice filed a petition today (PDF) asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to set safety standards protecting children who grow up near farms from the harmful effects of pesticide ‘drift' - the toxic spray or vapor that travels from treated fields. The groups are also asking the agency to immediately adopt no-spray buffer zones around homes, schools, parks and daycare centers for the most dangerous and drift-prone pesticides.
Maine taking part in effort to fight climate change
Bangor Daily News - 10/13/2009.
By Abigail Curtis – Camden: Next Saturday, people all over the world will gather at places such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef to encourage government leaders to take action to fight climate change. Add the Camden Snow Bowl, Belfast Common, Bar Harbor and the Bangor Public Library to that exotic list. These and more than 25 other locations in Maine will hold events as part of the global 350.org climate change campaign, which was started by Vermont-based environmentalist and writer Bill McKibben.
Some hollowed-out victories in Damariscotta
Kennebec Journal - 10/12/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – Damariscotta: Gentlemen, start your ... pumpkins? Sail and race boats were replaced by a different kind of watercraft in Damariscotta Harbor on Sunday. Hundreds of people crowded along the shoreline for the pumpkin boat races, the pinnacle of Damariscotta's annual Pumpkin Fest.
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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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