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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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Volunteers' Earth Day Cleanup Day at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center
Saturday, April 19

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Cleanup Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. Volunteers receive a hearty lunch and a free T-shirt.

Depending on the weather, volunteers may be cleaning, raking and mulching gardens, screening compost for use on the grounds, doing light carpentry, helping our Low-Impact Forestry Committee with its work in the woods ... or helping with other projects.

For more information or to RSVP for the workday, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna Libby, at alibby@mofga.org or 568-4142. MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center is located in Unity, Maine, on the Crosby Brook Road, off Routes 139/220.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Garish, chancy, new … bring it on, Avent says
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/19/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Opinionated people expand your horizons. You don't have to agree with their opinions, but you at least have to think about what they say, and sometimes that will open your horizons. Tony Avent, founder and owner of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina, loves bright and gaudy plants, loves to push the hardiness zones – the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture revision backs him up on that – and likes to bring new plants to the market.
Grange project may be boon for area farmers
Kennebec Journal - 2/18/2012.
By David Robinson – Farmington: Peter Beane has a great idea for selling salad dressing, vegetarian soy burgers and other popular health food treats made from tofu. Like so many other aspiring food entrepreneurs, however, he has never been able to turn his great idea into a successful business. Beane, 57, has money to invest in the new venture but can't afford the thousands of dollars it takes to build a commercial kitchen. That's where the Farmington Grange Hall comes in.
Obama’s budget axes bacteria testing for fruits and vegetables
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2012.
By Garance Burke (AP) – San Francisco: President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would eliminate the nation’s only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.
Tree hay-the answer to farming’s prayers?
Farming Online (UK) - 2/18/2012.
Conventional farming around the world is facing a crisis. The consolidation of power in the hands of a few transnational companies, reliance on finite chemical inputs and fragility in the face of climate change have led to calls for an end to “business as usual” and an increase in innovative environmental practices.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

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