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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
New federal rule on seasonal work could imperil state’s apple industry
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack - Machias: A new U.S. Department of Labor rule concerning temporary agricultural workers could have an adverse impact on Maine’s apple industry, growers said last week. The H-2A program rule which will take effect March 15 requires growers to advertise locally for agricultural positions and increases wages for temporary agricultural workers to $10.50 an hour.
Food fairs aim to reap support for local farms
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2010.
By Judy Harrison – Bangor: Residents will be able to learn how they can support area farmers and eat better this year at meetings to be held around the state Sunday. Again this year, the Maine Council of Churches and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will sponsor farm fairs where people can learn about community sustainable agriculture.
Sustainability just science backing up good sense
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/21/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Sustainable gardening is a trend. Many growers, mostly smaller food farmers but also some ornamental garden designers, are working toward sustainability. So when New England Grows, the trade show for the horticulture industry held each winter in Boston, offered a lecture on ''The Scientific Underpinnings of Sustainability,'' I figured I could come away with some useful knowledge. What I didn't realize was that I was going to have to learn about the laws of thermodynamics, specifically the second law of thermodynamics, or the entropy law.
Local CSAs to exhibit at fair event
Kennebec Journal - 2/21/2010.
Farmington: Twelve communities will host the upcoming Community Supported Agriculture Fair on Sunday, Feb. 28, co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. The fair is an opportunity to preview the products available in their areas this year.
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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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