Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

And Away We Grow!

May 31, 2020

Happy gardening season! We hope you've been enjoying the sunny days and time in your gardens. Now that the warm weather has us busy with planting, watering and fixing up our garden beds, our May snowstorm and Memorial Day weekend frosts already feel far away. If May's temperature swings had you wondering whether spring is early or late this year, you might enjoy exploring the maps available at the USA National Phenology Network.

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2020 Seed Swap and Scion Exchange

Though we are missing the chance to swap and learn and celebrate the season with all of you in person this year, we are glad to be able to share some of the spirit of the Seed Swap & Scion Exchange with you through webinars, lists of helpful resources and links, and the sharing of scionwood.

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Resources to Support Our Pollinators

Pollinators are essential to our ecosystems and our food system

April 2020

• Protect bees from pesticides by limiting or eliminating pesticide use in your garden
• Provide bees with a sustained food source in your garden by planting a bee-friendly variety of plants that bloom at successive times throughout the season
• Create bee habitat by providing nesting areas for bees
• Buy local and organic food to support farmers and producers who use bee-friendly practices
Support MOFGA and all the work we do at the state and national level to legislate for change and increase the number of organic farms!

Please sign our petition to protect pollinators by banning neonicotinoid pesticide use in Maine.

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Plant Peas – It's Patriotic!

April 18, 2020

Happy Patriot's Day weekend! Patriot's Day is a traditional time to plant peas in the garden with the hopes of having peas for dinner on Independence Day. Some of MOFGA's staff are excited to plant peas in their own gardens this weekend and list 'Sugar Ann', 'Oregon Giant', 'Progress #9' and 'Green Arrow' among their favorite varieties. For more on planting peas and this garden tradition, read this article by MOFGA's former executive director, Russell Libby.

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Growing Gardens, Growing Hope

Welcome to our new gardener newsletter!

April 6, 2020

We have heard from gardeners throughout Maine (and beyond) who are starting seedlings, dreaming of planting peas, or thinking of starting a garden for the first time. At MOFGA we know that gardens can provide comfort and hope to all of us during times of joy and times of hardship. Nurturing the plants and the soil provides us with a feeling of connection to the world around us. Sharing what we harvest helps us grow our connections to our families and communities. Growing our own food reminds us that gardening is an act of resilience and that together we can grow a more just and robust food system for all.


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