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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, ME



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Farm Training Project Coming Up

These informal tours and presentations, most followed by a potluck, are aimed at MOFGA apprentices but are open to the public. Please bring a place setting and a dish or something fresh from the farm to share.

Photo courtesy of Good Dirt Garlic

Conservation Farm Tour
Wednesday, August 13, 4 p.m.
Good Dirt Garlic, 518 Fletcher Road, Monticello

Learn about the diverse benefits of cover cropping sequences at this year's Conservation Farm Tour at Good Dirt Garlic. This informal farm tour and discussion will provide real life examples of how a well designed cover crop sequence can lead to the soil health conditions favorable for marketable crops. Please RSVP to Katy Green at MOFGA if you plan to attend: kgreen@mofga.org or 568-4142. Sponsored by MOFGA, Southern Aroostook SWCD and USDA-NRCS. Farm Training Project schedule.

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Top USDA bee researcher also found Bayer pesticide harmful to honeybees
Grist - 1/21/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Remember the case of the leaked document showing that the EPA’s own scientists are concerned about a pesticide it approved that might harm fragile honeybee populations? Well, it turns that the EPA isn’t the only government agency whose researchers are worried about neonicotinoid pesticides.
Monsanto’s latest farmwashing ad campaign debuts
Grist - 1/21/2011.
By Kerry Trueman – Now that the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are people, too (happy birthday, Citizens United!), Monsanto is apparently out to put a friendly, slightly weather-beaten, gently grizzled face on industrial agriculture.
The terminator: Schwarzenegger’s killer pesticide
The Atlantic - 1/19/2011.
By Barry Estabrook – In the days before he left office, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration planted a chemical time bomb in California strawberry fields that, if not defused, could cause cancer, thyroid toxicity, permanent neurological damage, and miscarriages, according to 54 distinguished chemists, including five Nobel laureates. The chemical in question is called methyl iodide (or iodomethane) and is marketed under the trade name MIDAS.
Lepage adds 2 more to cabinet
Kennebec Journal - 1/19/2011.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Waldo dairy farmer Walter Whitcomb is Gov. Paul LePage's choice to lead the Department of Agriculture. Whitcomb, who served 12 years in the Maine House of Representatives, has owned Springdale Jerseys Inc. for 32 years.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 1 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

August 3 - Scatterseed Project Tour

August 4 - MOFGA Volunteer Workday: Putting Food By

August 9 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding  Workshop: Bud Grafting with Seth Yentes

August 13 - Conservation Farm Tour, Aroostook County

August 14 - The Art of Giving Gala to Benefit MOFGA

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

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