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Sales of our beautiful 2014 Heritage Orchard Calendar will help support MOFGA and the orchard. Full-color photos of apples originating in Maine were taken by widely acclaimed Portland photographer Russell French and include Black Oxford, Gray Pearmain and others. $15. Available at MOFGA's Country Store.

  

  

Governor LePage Signs Maine's GMO Labeling Bill!

Thanks so much to everyone who worked so hard to help Maine become the second state in the country to require labeling of GMO foods!

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MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio
Wednesday, April 23

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MOFGA Kitchen at Common Ground Education Center, Unity, Maine
Cost: $30, including lunch (and recipes to take home)


Cooking meals from scratch using fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients is a great way to connect with the local farming community. Fresh, organic foods taste better, are better for the environment, and the best for your body. Come share an afternoon in the MOFGA kitchen with Thorndike resident and chef Frank Giglio. He will share simple recipes that will highlight MOFGA certified farms, local fisherman and foragers. Learn to utilize wild herbs and other ingredients to naturally cleanse the body and prepare you for the warmer weather ahead. Limit: 15 people. Details and registration.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Saving the small farm – a discussion of scale
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/22/2012.
Op-ed by Richard Marble – Lots of farmers in Maine are certified organic. The paperwork is not fun and many farmers have found that if they sell products locally, labeling products as "organic" does not always matter because people know the farmers and how they farm. But, the farther away they sell or the fewer people who know them, the more that "organic" label makes a difference.
Unity College project raises chickens for the needy
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/22/2012.
By Beth Staples – Unity: Three-dozen chickens pecking around Quaker Hill are generating discussion among students about sustainable ecosystems, food scarcity and animal care. And soon they'll be dinner for area people in need of food.
Let’s take Earth Day to the next level
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/22/2012.
By Joseph Hardy – I was a doctoral candidate at the University of Massachusetts in 1969 when I began to take environmental issues seriously. I and a small cadre of other like-minded students teamed up with the local chapter of the Sierra Club in Amherst to organize "teach-ins" on air and water pollution. We weren't alone.
Honoring Rachel Carson on Earth Day
Bangor Daily News - 4/21/2012.
By Lisa Pohlmann, Natural Resources Council of Maine – I got up early one morning and happened to look out my second-story bedroom window. There in an oak tree, directly across from me, was a bald eagle as tall as a skateboard. We were eye to eye, and gazed at each other for a minute or so, before he spread his wide wings and flew. It remains one of my all-time favorite wildlife sightings. And I owe it to Rachel Carson.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

April 19 - Maine Heritage Orchard Workday at MOFGA (postponed from April 12)

April 23 - MOFGA's Seasonal Cooking Class with Chef Frank Giglio

April 23 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Class in Gray

April 26 - Empty Bowl Supper Fundraiser

April 30 - Waldo Organic Growers Program: Bats

May 4 - MOFGA's Chainsaw Safety Workshop


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