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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
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294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

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NEW! Charcuterie Series
January 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6
4 sessions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith's Smokehouse, Monroe, Maine

Join Andy Smith of Smith's Smokehouse and delve into the basics of charcuterie through a series of four workshops. Learn how to create your own charcuterie goods, and potential business, and then dig deep into a variety of curing processes including bacon, bresaola, beef jerky and more! Don't forget to register for this course, we only have 10 spots available. The complete series is $350 for MOFGA members and $400 for non-members. Each session will take place at Smith's Smokehouse; bring your own lunch. If you have any questions, email Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Screen plant choices for invasive potential
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2009.
By Reeser Manley – My favorite plant in Marjorie’s garden at the moment is a redvein enkianthus, Enkianthus campanulatus, planted 10 years ago and pruned to form a multitrunk small tree.
Don’t skimp on mustard in baked beans
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – As a child of southern New England, I owe my understanding of Maine baked beans to my Belfast-raised husband, who was taken aback when I served him baked pea beans early in our marriage. He likes big beans, and in Maine the standard is the lovely large yellow eye, though Jacob’s cattle, soldier and others have their adherents. In Washington County, the wonderful little Marifax, a nice flavorful all-brown bean, is a favorite and I love them, too.
Backyard can produce rare jewel of a crop
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2009.
By Janine Pineo – The lingonberries have fruit this year. I had just hauled an armload of trellis supports up to the gardening shed last weekend and happened to look down — way down — as I turned to walk back to the vegetable garden. Glistening like tiny red pearls among shiny evergreen leaves were lingonberries, more than I’d ever seen on the diminutive bushes.
Putting farm animal protection on the map, one state at a time
Alternet - 10/31/2009.
By Paul Shapiro – At the beginning of this decade, not a single state in the nation had an anti-cruelty law that explicitly prohibited any standard agribusiness practice, regardless of how much suffering the practice may cause. Today, seven states have banned and are phasing out some of the most extreme forms of farm animal confinement.
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January 22-23 - Flowering in the North

February 9 - Maine Farm to Institution Summit

February 25 – Advanced Business Planning with Julia Shanks

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