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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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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
Pesticides deform two more species of California’s frogs
Treehugger - 8/17/2009.
By Sara Novak – Pesticides are again doing a number on California’s amphibian population according to a new study by Don Sparling of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in Mongabay. A poisonous cloud of endosulfan is blowing through the Sierra Mountains and into crucial frog habitats. Which frogs are falling victims and why is the die off so dramatic?
Putting wasps to work
Sun Journal - 8/17/2009.
By Kathryn Skelton – Maine has become the first state to employ wasps as unwitting scientific accomplices. For volunteers with nets, ready to spring at a moment's notice, it's a project to protect the Maine woods from voracious beetles. State forest entomologist Colleen Teerling has spent part of the summer training volunteers and pairing them with colonies of cerceris fumipennis, a ground wasp whose young dine on shiny, wood-boring beetles and – happily for volunteers – don't sting. The effort, Teerling said, is all about keeping an eye out for the green metallic emerald ash borer, a beetle that's destroyed millions of trees in North America but hasn't been found in Maine, yet.
Highmoor Farm: celebrating a century of research
Kennebec Journal - 8/16/2009.
By Craig Crosby – It was taken nearly 100 years ago, but the energy in the photo is still alive. Dozens of sharply-dressed men and women, eyes fixated on the speaker, gather around a box of apples. The apple growers who gathered for the Maine Pomological Society's first meeting at the Highmoor Farm in 1909 were anxious to hear what others at the new state-run experimental farm had learned that would allow them to grow better, longer-lasting apples. Not much has changed in the last 100 years.
Timing’s the trick with garlic
Portland Press Herald - 8/16/2009.
By Tom Atwell – The garlic hasn't done really well over the past couple of years, so I booked a refresher course. The course was rained out the night I could attend, so I called up the teacher – David Gardner of Sanford – to get the benefits of the class without having to make the drive. Talking with Gardner, I found out that he had made at least a few of my mistakes.
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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

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August 16 - Farming with Horses

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September TBD - Diverse Dairy

September 13 - Next Steps: Apprentice to Journeyperson

September 22-24 - COMMON GROUND COUNTRY FAIR


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