Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Resources for Gardeners

Resources for Gardeners

Gather & Grow Tours Are Online This Year

August 24, 2020

Each summer, we look forward to exploring some of Maine's gardens and homesteads with you through our series of Gather & Grow tours. We are pleased to be able to bring you these tours again this year, through a series of webinars. We hope you join us to explore and learn from the comfort of your own home. Find out more (and register) here: https://www.mofga.org/MOFGA-Events/Gather-Grow

As always, we have many other events taking place as well, including our next Gardening Q&A. You can find the full list of upcoming events here.

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Collaborating with Waldo County Bounty

June 24, 2020

Many Waldo County organizations (MOFGA included) and individuals have been meeting in recent weeks and months to collaborate on a campaign to improve food security in Waldo County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured here, MOFGA's landscape coordinator, Jack Kertesz, helped raise and tend to about 2,000 seedlings that were distributed to local food pantries. Thanks to Johnny's Selected Seeds, Songbird Farm, New Beat Farm, Buckle Farm, Timberframe Farm, South Paw Farm, and Troy Howard and Mt. View School greenhouses for their donations of seedlings to this cause. Learn more about this campaign at Waldo County Bounty's website.

 

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Grow Your Own Organic Garden 2020 Resources

Grow Your Own Organic Garden has been part of MOFGA’s annual event line up since 1990, when we began this statewide class on growing organically in your own backyard. We’ll miss seeing our students in person this year, but are now bringing you these resources in a digital format. Here is a webinar recording of the class posted on our YouTube channel that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

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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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