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Unity, ME  04988
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
Maine foresters, farmers express support for merger plan
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012.
By A.J. Higgins – Most farmers in Maine are also foresters. And while not all foresters are farmers, the two sides affected by the merger of the state Departments of Agriculture and Conservation were largely supportive of the plan during the first of several listening sessions at the University of Maine.
Farm Bill provisions could help Maine’s small family farms
Maine Public Broadcasting - 6/22/2012.
By Jay Field – The farm bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Thursday includes some provisions that could help small family farms in Maine. Growth of these smaller scale operations has pushed the overall number of farms in the state to more than 8,000. One key part of the nearly $500 billion bill would allow diversified growers, and not just soybean and other commodity farmers, to get insurance for their crops.
Land grabs: a global epidemic
New Economics Foundation - 6/21/2012.
By Fred Pearce – I have spent the past two years investigating the global epidemic of land grabs for a book. Saudi sheikhs, private equity whizz-kids, Indian entrepreneurs and Chinese billionaires all believe, with financier George Soros, that "farmland is going to be one of the best investments of our time."
Egg Farmers of America lobby scrambles to defeat henhouse legislation
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2012.
By Dan Eggen – Washington: Last summer, the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States agreed on legislation that would set national standards for the treatment of laying hens. The development did not sit well with Amon Baer, an egg farmer and pork producer in Minnesota who says he decided to set up his own Washington lobbying group in response.
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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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