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

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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
Will the Food Safety Modernization Act harm small farms or producers?
Grist - 11/15/2010.
Word has it that debate and voting of the Food Safety Modernization Act will begin this Wednesday in the Senate. If passed, S. 510 will greatly expand the FDA's authority over both processed foods and fresh fruits and vegetables. Will it thus make all of us eaters less likely to get sick? Last week, our esteemed panelists agreed that it will, with some caveats.
Exposure to BPA means low number of sperm
Organic Consumers - 11/15/2010.
By Brie Cadman, HMO vs PPO – Two weeks ago, Canada added the much-maligned bisphenol-A (BPA) to its list of toxic substances, lending support to the accumulating evidence that it poses a health threat to humans. BPA has shown to be harmful in the laboratory animals, but the chemical industry claims that our exposure levels are too low to matter. But are they?
Alewives hold key to rebirth of fishing
The Times Record - 11/15/2010.
By Seth Koenig – Bath: Longtime fisherman and marine researcher Ted Ames believes he knows how to revitalize the state’s sagging groundfishing industry and generate millions of dollars for coastal economies. The secret, he said, is to remove obstructions to alewife reproduction in Maine rivers.
Hope students create business plans for new gardens
Village Soup - 11/14/2010.
By Linda Hall-Stone – Hope Elementary School students on Nov. 2 presented business plans for new raised bed gardens to several members of Seeds of Hope. Students from Erik Wade's seventh-grade math class designed a business plan, researched the effectiveness, contacted local hardware and lumber stores for supply costs. The school and its students have been reaping the harvest from a greenhouse and raised bed garden thanks to the eighth-grade class of 2008.
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