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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Common Ground Fair earns its name
Bangor Daily News - 9/22/2009.
By Ardeana Hamlin – The “baa, baa black sheep, have you any wool?” question will be answered, as it is every September, at Common Ground Country Fair on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 25-27, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association fairgrounds in Unity. The fair is a celebration of all things organic, especially farming, and celebrates rural living. Hundreds of vendors, exhibitors and demonstrators, including those who raise fiber on the hoof (or paw, as the case may be), such as wool, alpaca, angora, llama, mohair and cashmere.
Wet weather leaves pumpkins behind schedule
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Green jack-o'-lanterns might be the ticket this year. The pumpkin harvest is a few weeks behind because June and July were wet and cool. Jane Aiudi, director of the Maine Department of Agriculture Division of Market and Production Development, said growers who planted fields with good drainage did better than those in low-lying areas who had more difficulty getting plants started.
Mount Desert Island garlic festival draws hundreds
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2009.
By Eric Russell – Southwest Harbor: Frank Pendola knows garlic like a winemaker knows grapes. He knows how it grows. He knows the exact time to harvest the bulbs. And he knows how to use it to coax flavors from meats, vegetables and more adventurous culinary creations.
Justice Department to investigate plight of dairy farmers
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2009.
St. Albans, Vt. – The head of the U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division said on Saturday she has launched an investigation to determine whether giant milk processors are unfairly squeezing the nation's dairy farmers, who are experiencing their lowest prices in more than a quarter century.
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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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