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

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Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

Saturday, June 17, 2017


This free event features participatory workshops on sustainable living skills. Come dressed for the weather, roll up your sleeves, and dig in!

Workshops to explore … Gardening skills, Foraging for Food and Natural Medicine, Upcyling, Cooking techniques from Vegan dishes to Popcorn Balls, Fiber Arts from Sheep to Shawl, Scything, and much more!

Admission and parking are FREE and all workshops are led by volunteers. Materials have been donated and you can take home many of your workshop creations. There is nothing to buy … but there are some things you can bring to contribute to the fun!

Please bring a dish to share at our Potluck Picnic Lunch or ingredients for the Stone Soup we’ll make on site!

You can also bring plants to share at our Plant Swap!

All the opportunities to give and take help us move toward a gift economy! Like to mow with scythes? Or want to learn? The day begins at 7 a.m. with team mowing of the Amphitheater. Tea & Crumpets welcome participants at 9am; hourly workshops begin at 9:30am and run until 4:30 p.m. with the noon hour off for a Potluck Picnic Lunch.

To volunteer contact Anna Libby 207-568-4142 or
alibby@mofga.org. MORE INFORMATION

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Why is genetically modified bluegrass exempt from Federal regulation?
Treehugger - 7/8/2011.
By Matthew McDermott – In the head scratcher of the week, New York Times reports that the US Department of Agriculture has decided that genetically modified bluegrass developed by Scotts Miracle-Gro can be sold without any federal oversight. The grass seed, intended for lawns, has been modified to be resistant to the popular herbicide Roundup.
That Perfect Florida Tomato, Cultivated for Bland Uniformity
The New York Times - 7/7/2011.
Review of Barry Estabrook's book, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit.To get a successful tomato crop in Florida, growers pump the soil full of chemical fertilizers and can blast the plants with more than 100 different herbicides and pesticides, including some of the most toxic in agribusiness’s arsenal. Migrant workers are coated with these chemicals too. The toll that’s taken on them, in the form of birth defects, cancer and other ailments, is hideous to observe and should fill those who eat Florida tomatoes with shame.
In Maine, eating local just keeps getting easier
Portland Press Herald - 7/7/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Stephanie Hedlund scoured the Portland Farmers Market in Monument Square on Wednesday, looking for just the right vegetables to put in a tamale casserole she was thinking about making for her clients. Hedlund's new business is called Clara Burke Kitchen. She prepares meals made with local, seasonal products from Maine farms and delivers them right to her clients' doorsteps.
Island oasis serves as sustainable system of food production
Portland Press Herald - 7/6/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – If you've ordered a salad at the Cockeyed Gull on Peaks Island this summer, there's a good chance you've eaten lettuce grown at the Island Micro Farm. Located on the back side of Peaks Island, the farm is a new enterprise created by resident Mark Shain, following a permaculture model.
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May 31 - MOFGA Farm Training Project Communication Kick-Off! Potluck Social!

June 2 - MOFGA's Common Ground Radio Show

June 5 - Fiber Farming

June 15 - Cover Crops

June 17 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 21 - Organic Livestock Management

June 24 - Summer Orchard Care

July 6 - Medicinal Herbs

July 20 - High Tunnel Construction

July 27 - Weed Management

August 1 - Ecological Pest Management

August 9 - Biodynamic Farming

August 16 - Farming with Horses

August TBD - Seed Saving and Production on a Diversified Farm

August 30 - Farm Woodlot Management

September TBD - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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