Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

Grow Your Own Organic Garden 2020 Resources

Grow Your Own Organic Garden has been part of MOFGA’s annual event line up since 1990, when we began this statewide class on growing organically in your own backyard. We’ll miss seeing our students in person this year, but are now bringing you these resources in a digital format. Here is a webinar recording of the class that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home (requires Google log-in).

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Getting Ahead of the Pests

Vegetable Gardening for Beginners Webinar Series

May 28, 2020 – Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Join Caleb Goossen, MOFGA's organic crop specialist, to get help figuring out how to prevent pest problems before they arrive – or, if that doesn’t work, deal with those pests using organically-approved methods before they get out of control. Caleb will talk about how to exclude pests from your garden, how to figure out what is eating your tomatoes or brussels sprouts, and what to do about it. Register here.

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

A Monthly Webinar Series

We want to help you grow a beautiful garden full of nutritious vegetables this summer! It’s the perfect time to start a new vegetable garden or expand one you already have. Whether you have a tiny balcony or a huge field, you can grow a lot of fresh vegetables this summer! We’d encourage you to grow some extra rows of produce to donate to your local food pantry or share with your neighbors!

Join MOFGA and our friends and partners to delve into a new topic each month. Our goal is to help you prepare for what’s to come each month and answer questions about whatever you’re doing in the garden at that moment.

All webinars are FREE. Please register in advance – you will be emailed the meeting link.

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2020 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are bringing this event to you in a new format. We are distributing packets of scionwood through farmstands and stores throughout Maine; a complete list appears here. We arranged for a number of workshops – originally set to take place at the event – to be taught online in April;  a recording of one of these workshops is now available. Though we are missing the chance to swap and learn and celebrate the season with all of you in person this year, we are glad to be able to share some of the spirit of the Seed Swap & Scion Exchange with you through webinars, lists of helpful resources and links, and the sharing of scionwood.

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Resources to Support Our Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to our ecosystems and our food system

April 2020

• Protect bees from pesticides by limiting or eliminating pesticide use in your garden
• Provide bees with a sustained food source in your garden by planting a bee-friendly variety of plants that bloom at successive times throughout the season
• Create bee habitat by providing nesting areas for bees
• Buy local and organic food to support farmers and producers who use bee-friendly practices
Support MOFGA and all the work we do at the state and national level to legislate for change and increase the number of organic farms!

Please sign our petition to protect pollinators by banning neonicotinoid pesticide use in Maine.

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Plant Peas – It's Patriotic!

April 18, 2020

Happy Patriot's Day weekend! Patriot's Day is a traditional time to plant peas in the garden with the hopes of having peas for dinner on Independence Day. Some of MOFGA's staff are excited to plant peas in their own gardens this weekend and list 'Sugar Ann', 'Oregon Giant', 'Progress #9' and 'Green Arrow' among their favorite varieties. For more on planting peas and this garden tradition, read this article by MOFGA's former executive director, Russell Libby.

Where to Buy MOFGA Certified Organic Seedlings

Are you looking for MOFGA certified organic seedlings in your area?

Map showing sources of MOFGA Certified Organic seedlings
 

April 16, 2020

Purchasing seedlings can be an easy way to get gardens off to a great start, and is a terrific way to support your local economy and feed your loved ones. This map indicates the many MOFGA certified producers who are selling their seedlings through pre-order, online sales, and on-farm sales. Contact the farms for more specific lists of seedling varieties. It also lists some of the garden centers and natural food stores that are selling MOFGA certified organic seedlings. 

Please note: It is important to check the farms’/retail locations’ websites or social media feeds or call to verify that they are allowing public access to the farm/store. Unless farmstand/store hours are clear to you, please do not visit farms unannounced.

For resources on growing your own organic garden at home, please visit the Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes webpage. This page contains MOFGA’s fact sheet links and other helpful information to help you get started with your garden.

Happy gardening!

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Growing Gardens, Growing Hope

Welcome to our new gardener newsletter!

April 6, 2020

We have heard from gardeners throughout Maine (and beyond) who are starting seedlings, dreaming of planting peas, or thinking of starting a garden for the first time. At MOFGA we know that gardens can provide comfort and hope to all of us during times of joy and times of hardship. Nurturing the plants and the soil provides us with a feeling of connection to the world around us. Sharing what we harvest helps us grow our connections to our families and communities. Growing our own food reminds us that gardening is an act of resilience and that together we can grow a more just and robust food system for all.


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