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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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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, Maine


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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We have reached our $6,000 goal!

Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, we raised more than $6,000 toward our effort to help seven organic farmers offer half-price CSA shares of healthy, organic food to low-income Maine families! We are so grateful to all of you! This fundraiser runs until May 27, and donations are still welcomed.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Less tasty—and not as good for you
Grist - 1/27/2009.
New study from HortScience documents lower levels of nutrients than fifty years ago in many vegetables.
A low-tech treatment for bee plague
The New York Times - 1/27/2009.
As I climbed the final slope, I could see that two of the hilltop hives were already thrumming with activity: bees lifted off from the entry holes, catching the light and rising like sparks on a wind; and bees spiraled in for a landing, returning already from their first outings. The third hive, however, was conspicuously quiet — its entrance a small dark hole offering no sign of life. Colony Collapse, I thought: The bee plague.
$40,000 grant to benefit grain project
Bangor Daily News - 1/27/2009.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine - A $40,000 grant will help a local group expand local grain production, building on a gristmill plan already in action with the recent purchase of the former Somerset County Jail. Heart of Maine Resource Conservation and Development in Bangor, and the Kneading Conference in the Skowhegan area have been awarded the grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation.
EPA releases new report on toxins in sewage sludge
Organic Consumers - 1/26/2009.
What's the downside to clean water? Dirty sludge. A nationwide survey of sewage treatment plants shows that the sludge they produce – the residue from cleaning up wastewater – contains a wide variety of toxic metals, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other compounds, including some antibiotics in surprisingly high concentrations.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Tractor Safety

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing


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