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MOFGA
PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org
Physical Address:
294 Crosby Brook Road
Unity, Maine

MOFGA is an Equal Opportunity organization, provider, and employer.


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NEW! Charcuterie Series
January 16, 23, 30 and Feb. 6
4 sessions, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith's Smokehouse, Monroe, Maine

Join Andy Smith of Smith's Smokehouse and delve into the basics of charcuterie through a series of four workshops. Learn how to create your own charcuterie goods, and potential business, and then dig deep into a variety of curing processes including bacon, bresaola, beef jerky and more! Don't forget to register for this course, we only have 10 spots available. The complete series is $350 for MOFGA members and $400 for non-members. Each session will take place at Smith's Smokehouse; bring your own lunch. If you have any questions, email Anna Mueller at events@mofga.org.

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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January 9-11 - Maine Agricultural Trades Show

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January 22-23 - Flowering in the North

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