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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
A new way of looking at school lunches is bringing professional chefs into the mix
Boston Globe - 1/22/2011.
By Kathy McCabe – Lawrence, Mass.: Stirring 15 pounds of Red Bliss potatoes and six pounds of instant mashed potatoes in a 50-gallon steel kettle requires a paddle big enough for a canoe. Toss in six pounds of canned yams, a few gallons of low-fat milk, a pound of margarine, salt, pepper, and onion to taste. Top with fresh sliced pears, apples, and cinnamon – and voila! It’s Chef Kirk’s Sweet Potato Puree for 2,600.
Registry notifies public of pesticide spraying
Kennebec Journal - 1/22/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: More than 1,600 people have enrolled in a registry since April 1, 2010, to learn about local pesticide spraying. The Board of Environmental Protection credited its public relations campaign with informing concerned Mainers about the registry.
Organic farming becomes a growing success
Village Soup - 1/21/2011.
By Stephen Betts – An organic farm and education center in a historic farming section of Rockland is one step closer to reality. This comes as a state report detailed the growing value of organic farming.
How can we feed the world and still save the planet?
The Guardian [UK] - 1/21/2011.
By Madeleine Bunting – Food has become subject to one of the sharpest global debates, with rising anxiety about how the world's growing population is going to feed itself. Increasingly, Olivier de Schutter, the UN special rapporteur on the right to food, is establishing himself as one of its key protagonists with an unapologetically radical agenda.
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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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