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

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Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes
April 8, 2015
6 to 9 p.m.
At adult education programs across the state!
Registration fees: $5 to cover handouts



Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?

Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners.

Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. The workshops are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels.

Class locations and more information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
As important as the food in “local food”
The Atlantic - 8/18/2010.
By Corby Kummer – In a piece today about neighborhood restaurants, Lane Wallace eloquently states something I think we're all looking for while trying to reduce our carbon footprint, eat organically and healthfully and respectfully to the planet and human and animal rights, and on and on. It's the sense that someone knows us and we're part of a community.
New way to pay for fresh food: by Rx
The Atlantic - 8/16/2010.
By Corby Kummer – The Wholesome Wave initiative doubles the face value of food stamps when used at farmers' markets. The Fruit and Veggie Prescription Program encourages doctors at three health clinics in Massachusetts to write "prescriptions" for fresh fruit and vegetables from farmers' markets that are worth $1 a day per member of enrolled families.
Teens carry 30% more BPA than rest of population
The Globe and Mail [Canada] - 8/16/2010.
By Martin Mittelstaedt – Teenagers may carry the highest levels of bisphenol A - about 30 per cent more than the rest of the population, according to the first national survey about the compound conducted by Statistics Canada, but exposure to the estrogen-mimicking chemical is widespread, with detectable levels in 91 per cent of Canadians.
Bayer pesticide [Aldicarb] phased out for 'unacceptable' risks
The Charleston Gazette - 8/16/2010.
By Ken Ward Jr. – Charlestown, W.Va.: A pesticide that is a major product of Bayer CropScience's Institute plant will be phased out because it "may pose unacceptable dietary risks, especially to infants and young children," the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency confirmed Tuesday.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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