Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association




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MARCH 4, 2013

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Proposed Rules Could Allow Widespread Spraying for Mosquito Control in Maine

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control is proposing amendments to its existing pesticide rules to allow for public-health, mosquito-control programs. Proposed amendments.

It is very important to let the BPC what you think about government sponsored spray programs that could take place in your community! More Information.

Written comments may be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013, to Henry S. Jennings, Director, Maine Board of Pesticides Control, 28 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0028,



Organic Food Gardening Short Course
Tuesday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 9
10 am to 3 pm
University of New England’s Ludcke Auditorium, Portland Campus

A new MOFGA workshop designed as a comprehensive and in-depth exploration of organic methods and techniques for the home food gardener or landscaping professional.

More information.

Upcoming Events

Visit our "Events for New Farmers" bulletin for an up-to-date listing of events sponsored by MOFGA and other organizations.

Of course, most if not all of the events are for gardeners as well!

All of these events - and many more - also appear on
The MOFGA Calendar on Our Calendar page changes daily, so check back frequently for additional information. MOFGA events are described in detail on our Events page.

For information about MOFGA-sponsored events, please email MOFGA Events Coordinator Emily Horton
or call the MOFGA office at 207-568-4142.

March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 18 and 25 - So You Want to Farm in Maine Webinar. 7 p.m.  to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. A free farm business course for those who want to start a profitable farm or expand their farm hobby to a profitable business. Offered in eight evening webinars. Pre-register. More information or call 564-3301, 1-800-287-1491 (in Maine).

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March 16 - Rural Living Day. Mt. View School, Thorndike. Waldo County's premier home and garden program sponsored by the Waldo County Extension Association and co-sponsored by MOFGA. More than 20 home and garden workshops. Information.

MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning.

Saturday, March 16
$30. Locations in Jefferson and Unity (snow date March 17). Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. For beginners and experienced growers. Course in Unity will focus on pruning 10-12 year old trees and include renovation pruning of an old tree. Please bring a bag lunch, course will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Information.


March 20 - Swine Education Seminar. Florian Hall, Department of Public Safety, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta, Maine. At 3:00 pm, Diane Schivera will speak about organic swine. $25.00 per person includes lunch and paperwork; OR $20.00 for paid members of Maine Pork Producers. Make checks payable to: Maine Pork Producers. Mail to: Dept of ACF, Cindy Kilgore, SHS 28, Augusta, ME 04333-0028. Information: Contact Cindy at, 215-4968.

Organic Farming: Principles and Practices, by Eric Sideman
Thursdays, March 21 and 28
With presentations by farmers and other agricultural services staff from MOFGA. Learn the reasons behind organic practices (soil, pest and weed management) and how to decide the best practice in particular situations. Maine Audubon Society Gilsland Farm, Falmouth.
Information and fees.

March 22 - Natural Farming Workshop at the University of Maine. Aaron Englander will speak about Korean Natural Farming, a technique he is testing in controlled research experiments at the university greenhouse and research farm. Contact:

Seed Swap and Scion Exchange
Sunday, March 24
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30.) MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. A special all-day event this year! Bring seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share. Participate in educational workshops. Free. Details.

MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference
Saturday, March 30
10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Common Ground Education Center, Unity
MOFGA's annual day-long engagement with a single agricultural topic will focus on Garlic in 2013. The day will feature a keynote by David Stern of Rose Valley Farm and the Garlic Seed Foundation, as well as a panel of Maine garlic growers and opportunities for farmer-to-farmer networking and information exchange. Moderated by MOFGA's own Eric Sideman. Details.

NRCS Announces Funding Opportunity

Maine NRCS has announced a second funding round for both the National Organic Initiative and the National Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative.  The application cutoff for this 2nd round will be Close Of Business on April 19, 2013.  This includes funding for the Conservation Plan Supporting Organic Transition. Information.

Grow Your Own Garden Classes

Wednesday, April 3, 6 to 9 pm
Locations throughout Maine in partnership with Maine's Adult & Community Education program and community sponsors.
Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. Workshops are open to people of all gardening experience levels, and are designed to provide participants with the essential skills and knowledge needed to transition from conventional to organic gardening. Locations and further details.

A bowl made by Christopher Signorino of Belfast for the Empty Bowl Supper.
MOFGA-El Salvador Committee Seeks Bowls for Empty Bowl Supper

The annual Empty Bowl Supper, a fundraiser for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church on Miller St. in Belfast. For just $15 ($35 maximum for families; tickets at the door), attendees enjoy delicious soups, breads and desserts, live music, get to see friends and take home a beautiful bowl, handcrafted and donated by a Maine potter.

The committee is seeking bowls made by Maine potters. Seconds are fine! To donate bowls, please contact Jean English, or leave bowls at the MOFGA office. Thanks!

Daytripping, Anyone?
If you'd like to host a tour of your farm or garden this summer, we can put you on our "Daytripping" list, to be published in the June-August issue of The MOF&G. Just send (to your farm name, owners’ names, farm or garden features (briefly), date and time when visitors are welcome, directions and contact information. We publish the listing, and the rest is up to you and your visitors. You may get one or even no visitors; or you may get dozens. We suggest setting one or two particular times for your tour so that your entire day isn't tied up.

Help MOFGA Pass a Landmark Law to Ensure the Public's Right to Know about Genetically Modified Organisms in Food

Join MOFGA and our coalition partners to help enact An Act To Protect Maine Food Consumers Right To Know. GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) should be labeled so consumers can make informed choices about what to buy and what to eat.

MOFGA has built a strategy with key Maine legislators to pass the nation's first comprehensive GMO labeling law. It is a costly endeavor and your contributions will help ensure our success.

MOFGA will post regular campaign updates as the legislative session progresses. Please contact your legislators today and let them know that you are excited about Maine requiring labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients. Find contact information for your legislators. Tell them that you want their support for this important bill.

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