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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME



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Farm Training Project Coming Up

These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.

Photo courtesy of Good Dirt Garlic

Conservation Farm Tour
Wednesday, August 13, 4 p.m.
Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Road, Monticello

Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences at this year's Conservation Farm Tour at Good Dirt Garlic. This informal farm tour and discussion will provide real life examples of how a well designed cover crop sequence can lead to the soil health conditions favorable for marketable crops. Please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142. Sponsored by MOFGA, Southern Aroostook SWCD and USDA-NRCS. Farm Training Project schedule.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
‘Maine rule’ defines tonight’s blue moon
Bangor Daily News - 12/31/2009.
By Nok-Noi Ricker – Bangor: Every once in a blue moon, there is a blue moon on New Year’s Eve. This is the year, and tonight is the night. The next blue moon that falls on New Year’s Eve won’t take place until 2028.
Ammonia-treated burgers, tainted with E. Coli
Grist - 12/31/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Few who saw the documentary Food Inc. will forget the scene involving Beef Products Inc., a South Dakota company that makes a widely used hamburger filler product. No other industrial-meat company allowed director Robert Kenner to enter the shop floor with his cameras. In sharp contrast, a Beef Products executive invited the Food Inc. crew to record his company’s inner workings. The man is clearly proud of his company’s product. “We think we can lessen the incidence of E. Coli 0157:H7,” he says.
The Soup Book
The Ecologist - 12/31/2009.
By Sophie Grigson, Jeanette Orrey, Eric Treuille – I have no hesitation in insisting that of all types of food, soup is the most universally relevant. Soup can be whatever you want it to be. It has the potential to make itself at home on any dining table or lap or rug laid out on the grass, no matter whether as part of a multi- coursed banquet for kings and queens, or the main nourishment for humble cash-strapped commoners.
Dispatches
Portland Press Herald - 12/30/2009.
Beginning Saturday, the Cumberland Winter Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Skillins Greenhouses, 201 Gray Road (Route 100) in West Cumberland. The market will be held on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Allen Sterling and Lothrop's Garden Center greenhouse at 191 Route 1, Falmouth.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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