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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Winter Hill Farm: A Family Farm
Portland Press Herald - 11/22/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - About five miles northwest of Freeport Village you’ll find a picturesque farm set up on a hilltop, surrounded by 55 acres of gently rolling pasture and mixed forest. Here, Sarah Wiederkehr and Steve Burger and their two children run a small family-run diversified farm. They raise a rare breed of Randall Cattle and are the only purveyors of purebred Berkshire pork in the state of Maine.
New study details dramatic growth of Canada's organic market
Fresh Plaza - 11/22/2013.
From farmers' markets to mainstream retail, Canada's organic market has grown to become the fourth largest in the world, valued at over $3.5 billion per year. The Canadian organic food and beverage market alone is worth $3 billion per year, and has grown dramatically since 2009, when the Canadian government put in place mandatory organic standards, import restrictions and labelling requirements.
Supreme Court affirms Monsanto pollution settlement in Nitro
The Charleston Gazette - 11/22/2013.
By Ken Ward Jr. - The West Virginia Supreme Court on Friday upheld approval of the settlement in a landmark lawsuit over pollution of the community of Nitro with dioxin from the former Monsanto chemical plant.
The Unnatural Death of ‘Natural’
Newsweek - 11/22/2013.
By Matthew Mientka - A bill introduced in Congress would legally define the term ‘natural’ used on foods. Some big food companies are already removing the label from their products.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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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