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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
White House Kitchen Garden Update: An Organic Farmer In Charge, And Cool Season Vegetables
Obama Foodorama - 11/27/2012.
By Eddie Gehman Kohan – It's been bitterly cold in the District of Columbia lately, but First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden is thriving with a wide variety of cool season vegetables growing in the 1,500 square foot plot of raised beds: Winter lettuces and cabbages, root vegetables, herbs.
Research looks at effects of biochar on prairies
Leopold Ctr. for Sustainable Agriculture - 11/27/2012.
As optimism grows about the benefits of applying biochar to farmland, researchers have turned their attention to a neglected topic: how biochar affects natural ecosystems. When applied to crop fields, biochar has many of the same benefits for soil health as fertilizer, and also sequesters carbon underground for decades or centuries.
Pesticide Exposure in Children
Pediatrics - 11/26/2012.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says, “Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.” The AAP makes several recommendations for pediatricians and governmental actions, including promoting pesticide use reduction and use of less toxic pesticides.
Who Needs an Oven? Just Bury Your Beans
The New York Times - 11/26/2012.
By John Willoughby – One morning a couple of months ago, my friend and frequent co-author Chris Schlesinger called me. “You have to come look at my new bean hole,” he said. After he explained that he was talking about a classic method of outdoor cooking, I figured it was worth checking out.
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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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