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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME


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Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes
April 8, 2015
6 to 9 p.m.
At adult education programs across the state!
Registration fees: $5 to cover handouts



Are you concerned about the rising cost of food? Unsure what the term "certified organic" means? Interested in learning how to grow your own vegetables in a sustainable manner?

Join us for an evening-long workshop on how to grow your own garden. We’ll talk about the basics of soil science, how to enrich your soil to produce healthy, high-yielding plants. Presenters are seasoned MOFGA farmers and gardeners.

Each year MOFGA sponsors this statewide educational event at over 30 different locations in Maine. The workshops are open to the public and to people of all gardening skill and experience levels.

Class locations and more information.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bye bye bumblebee: honeybees aren’t the only pollinators in danger
Grist - 6/21/2012.
By John Upton – Not so long ago, it was difficult to venture outdoors anywhere on the East Coast without encountering the rusty-patched bumblebee. But researchers have known for more than a decade that many of North America’s once-plentiful bumblebee species have all but disappeared.
Support for food ordinance on the upswing in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 6/20/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Eight Maine towns have now adopted an ordinance that would exempt small farms from state and federal licensing and inspection requirements when farmers sell food directly to neighbors and other individuals. Maine Department of Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb notes that state and federal law supersedes local ordinances.
Brooks man rebuilds apple ladder business after fire with community’s help
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: The floor of Peter Baldwin’s old chicken barn was covered in golden curls of wood shavings Sunday afternoon, with the bright smell of fresh sawdust rising in the air. It was a cheerful contrast to the scene at the same property just over a month ago, when his 23-year-old Baldwin Apple Ladders manufacturing business burned to the ground in a devastating fire that left him reeling and uncertain how to rebuild.
New draft horse team arrives as Darthia Farm rebuilds from devastating fire
Bangor Daily News - 6/20/2012.
By Tom Walsh – Gouldsboro: In this neck of the Schoodic Peninsula the main equestrian fascination was Archie and Andy, two hefty Haflinger draft horses that arrived on Friday from Kentucky to take up permanent residence at Darthia Farm on West Bay Road in Gouldsboro.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

March 26 - Growing Issues: The Hidden World of Bees and Pollination

March 27 - Lincoln/Knox County Grower Meeting

April 8 - Grow Your Own Organic Garden Classes

April 11 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Grafting Fruit Trees

April 11 - "Cultivating Our Community 2015: Healthy Soil Matters!"

April 14 - Volunteer Kitchen Work Day at MOFGA

April 19 - Help Plant 75 Historic Apple and Pear Trees


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