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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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 Join us on Saturday, August 30 for a MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA!

The Pickup Café in Skowhegan offers delicious meals prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. They are proud to support more than 40 area farmers and food producers while serving you delectable meals including local meats, veggies, eggs, and more. A generous portion of the proceeds from this special evening will be donated to MOFGA.

BASKET OF MOFGA-CERTIFIED PRODUCE GIVEAWAY & RAFFLE

There will be a free giveaway of a basket of MOFGA-certified produce and a raffle for an organic care package full of MOFGA-certified products! All proceeds will be used to further MOFGA’s educational programs.

The Pickup Café is located at 42 Court Street in Skowhegan, open for dinner from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call 207 474-0708.

We’ll see you there!

 

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Three new award-winning vegetable varieties
Bangor Daily News - 11/13/2010.
By Reeser Manley – Tuesday evening, as I sat in the solitude of my Eastport home-away-from-home staring at a blank screen, racking a brain already frazzled from a day in the classroom, I received an e-mail from All-America Selections, or AAS, announcing early award winners for 2011. The message provided the needed fodder for this column as it brought back vivid memories of a past life.
6-plus tons of vegetables, beef, chickens not bad for 2-acre farm
Kennebec Journal - 11/12/2010.
By Denis Thoet – For reasons both outside and within our control, this year’s growing season is pretty much at an end. Hooray! I couldn’t imagine living in Florida or Southern California where growing can progress virtually year round. We’ve had a bunch of frosts already – enough to kill everything except the Brussels sprouts and remaining kale – and enough rain over the last week to drown anything else.
Unity area gardeners donate 7 tons of food
Bangor Daily News - 11/12/2010.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: Area gardeners and farmers know that it was a great growing season in Maine – but producing 15,088 pounds of produce on about an acre and donating it to area food pantries and to other hungry people? That’s really something to celebrate.
What the FDA doesn’t want you to know about GE salmon
Grist - 11/12/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – One of the arguments against expanding the FDA's powers over food safety is that the agency has repeatedly shown an unwillingness to enforce existing laws and to regulate aggressively in the face of corporate lobbying.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 30 - MOFGA Benefit Night at The Pickup Café & CSA

September 3 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Next Steps - From Apprentice to Farmer

September 5 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

September 6 - Seed Saving Workshop with Will Bonsall

September 6 - Seed Saving 101 & The Scattered Seed Project

September 9 - MOFGA Farm Training Project workshop: Seed Saving

September - 19, 20 and 21 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair

September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day


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