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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
5 essential reads on food politics
The Atlantic - 7/11/2011.
By Marion Nestle – I haven't been reviewing books on this site, mainly because so many of them flood into my office that I cannot keep up with them. But the public relations reps for a couple of recent books have been pushing hard for mentions. The books are good, important contributions to the food movement, and they deserve readers.
Potatoes and green chemistry: more jobs, safer jobs
Bangor Daily News - 7/11/2011.
Op-ed by John Newton and Anthony Zeli – A recent report published by the BlueGreen Alliance, a national partnership between labor unions and environmental organizations, shows that Maine could either gain or lose hundreds of jobs over the next two decades depending on the path that our nation’s chemical policy takes.
Phosphate: a critical resource misused and now running low
Energy Bulletin - 7/11/2011.
By Fred Pearce – If you wanted to really mess with the world’s food production, a good place to start would be Bou Craa, located in the desert miles from anywhere in the Western Sahara. They don’t grow much here, but Bou Craa is a mine containing one of the world’s largest reserves of phosphate rock. Most of us, most days, will eat some food grown on fields fertilized by phosphate rock from this mine. And there is no substitute.
National chemical policy reform needed now to make children safe
Portland Press Herald - 7/9/2011.
Op-ed by Sydney R. Sewall – Augusta: Pediatricians are interested in preventing illness and disabilities, and one expanding area of my concern is environmental health. Whether a child fulfills his or her full potential is the result of some combination of parenting, nutrition, educational experiences, health practices and a bit of luck interacting with genetics and environmental exposures.
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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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