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Certification News: New Certification Services Board Member Tina Wilcoxson
Certification Information for Consumers and Producers

Small Farm Field Day – Workshops, Demos, Equipment and Supply Swap, and More!
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Maine Community Supported Agriculture Directory Published

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Don Raúl in El Salvador.
Photo by Heather Spalding.

Another Successful Exchange
with El Salvador Herman@s
Members of the MOFGA/El Salvador Sistering Committee visited our “herman@s” (hermanos and hermanas, brothers and sisters) in January. The committee works in solidarity with small farmers and Salvadoran organizations that support small farmers in the department of Chalatenango, El Salvador.

MOFGA’s Wish List: Scissors Lift, Golf Cart, Manure and More

From the Farmhouse: Crop Planning Software for Small, Diversified Farms – by Clayton Carter

MOFGA’s Farm Training Project: 2007 On-Farm Workshop Series – Workshops designed for participants in MOFGA’s Apprenticeship Program but free and open to anyone.

MOFGA Welcomes the 2007 Journeyperson Cohort
Increasingly, people are reorienting systems of food production and provision around principles of ecological sustainability, face-to-face community, locality and seasonality, and, in doing so, are strengthening the social networks around food and agriculture. These efforts assume, however, that enough farmers will be around to produce the food and participate in the communities on which these systems are based. Where and how will these farmers learn the skills and techniques and gain the experience they will need to  practice sustainable agriculture? In Maine, one answer is through such new-farmer support and training models as MOFGA’s Journeyperson program.

Low Impact Forestry News
Over the last year the volunteer ad-hoc steering committee of MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry (LIF) project has met frequently to address the needs of MOFGA’s membership and of over 400 folks who have attended the annual fall LIF workshops. Link to our Low-Impact Forestry page.

    

Earth Day at MOFGA's
Common Ground
Education Center

Arborist Travis Collins inspected trees at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center during an Earth Day volunteer work day.  Collins prepared a list of prioritized tree care jobs that MOFGA staff and  volunteers can tend to over time. A graduate of Unity College (and an  adjunct instructor there this spring), Collins has worked for various arborists in New England. Now he and his family have settled in Thorndike, where Collins has started his own arboriculture business, GreenMan Arboreal. English photo.
Volunteer Jim Torbert helped fertilize fruit trees at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center with Azomite ("the A-to-Z of trace minerals"), then mulched them with old MOF&G newspapers and wood chips. "The word is made flesh," he quipped at the Earth Day event. English photo.

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