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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
What’s MOOMilk? It’s Maine’s Own Organic
Portland Press Herald - 1/26/2010.
By Beth Quimby – The first organic milk produced by a Maine-owned dairy company is about to appear in dairy cases. Maine's Own Organic Milk – MOOMilk – should be available at health food stores, Hannaford stores and Whole Foods this week, if the company's packaging machine can be repaired in time. The milk was scheduled to be available Saturday, but production problems caused a delay. The organic milk, in green-red-and-blue cardboard cartons, is being produced by 10 farms in Aroostook, Kennebec, Penobscot and Washington counties, and processed and packaged at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook.
Meal deal
Portland Press Herald - 1/26/2010.
South Portland: It's their first day baking for the public in the Bake Shop Lab (bumper sticker on door: "Eat Dessert First"), and a group of culinary arts students at Southern Maine Community College are trying to cut a gorgeous carrot cake into a dozen even pieces. "You might have to sacrifice one or two to the gods, and then we'll go from there," instructs Chef David Libby, chuckling. "That means we've got to eat it. We do a lot of sampling in here."
[Farmed] shrimp’s dirty secrets
Alternet - 1/25/2010.
By Jill Richardson – In his book, Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood, Taras Grescoe paints a repulsive picture of how shrimp are farmed in one region of India. The shrimp pond preparation begins with urea, superphosphate, and diesel, then progresses to the use of piscicides (fish-killing chemicals like chlorine and rotenone), pesticides and antibiotics (including some that are banned in the U.S.), and ends by treating the shrimp with sodium tripolyphosphate (a suspected neurotoxicant), Borax, and occasionally caustic soda.
Oakhurst to distribute state’s organic milk
Kennebec Journal - 1/25/2010.
By Ethan Wilensky-Lanford – Local organic milk is about to come to Maine in a big way. MOOMilk – Maine's Own Organic Milk – will be distributed by Oakhurst Dairy throughout the state and in some stores elsewhere in New England beginning Tuesday. "This truly is local milk," said Bill Eldridge of Bar Harbor, MOOMilk's general manager. "Customers who buy MOOMilk will know they are supporting the Maine economy by supporting Maine family businesses."
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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