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value your dandelions

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Organic Gardening Tip from MOFGA:
Value Your Dandelions

Did you know that dandelions “are one of the first pollen/nectar sources during the whole growing season,” according to New York state farmer Steve Gilman, who spoke at one of MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conferences years ago? One researcher “found 93 different species of insects that feed on that pollen/nectar,” he added. “The preponderance of those was beneficial insects.” Dandelions also serve as overwintering habitat for mycorrhizal fungi – beneficial fungi that associate with plant roots and help take up, conserve and use water and nutrients. So enjoy these bright signs of spring if they pop up in your yard! If you don’t want them to get out of hand, mow your lawn high (above 2-1/2 inches) and mow before dandelions go to seed.


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farm & homestead day at mofga!

Saturday, June 13th, 2015
Get ready to get dirty!

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Part appropriate-technology movement redux, part re-skilling à la Transition Towns, and 100 percent experiential adventure: Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA is a free, volunteer-driven event in which ordinary people teach other ordinary people what they know how to do.

Farm & Homestead Day takes place on Saturday, June 13, at the Common Ground Education Center of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), at 294 Crosby Brook Road in Unity.

The focus is on simple technologies that use readily available items and can be learned with no previous experience. Do you want to throw off the shackles of the consumer economy and get ready for the salvage economy? In order to use what you have, you need to know what to do with it!

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low impact forestry 101 field day, maine

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Want to learn or polish up the basic skills for managing your Maine woodlot?

On Friday, May 1, spend the day in the woods with at least six forest and soil experts learning about tree species identification, the influence of soils on forest plants and on harvesting operations, and how to choose which trees to cut.

Participants will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Charlie Hitchings’ beautiful woodlot in Cherryfield. After introductions they will break into three groups for the morning to cycle through three learning stations. After a noon lunch break (bring your own lunch), participants will spend the final couple of hours in groups again, then will come together to mark three small sections of forest as if for harvesting, based on information they learned in their groups.

This workshop is offered free to everyone, but a recommended donation of $10 per person will help offset the costs for travel, refreshments and administration.

Please register with MOFGA at mofga.org so that we have an idea of the number of participants. Go to the events tab, scroll to May and click Low Impact Forestry 101 Field Day in Cherryfield.


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an act to amend maine’s gmo food products labeling law

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MOFGA Press Release Regarding LD 991: An Act To Amend Maine’s Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law.

Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, are a hot topic in Maine and across the nation. A new bill could speed implementation of Maine’s historic GMO food labeling law. For decades the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) has been leading the fight in Maine for good food, good farming and demanding transparency in labeling food made from GMO crops. Of course, several hundred Maine family farmers are growing MOFGA-certified organic crops that are free of GMOs because genetic engineering is a prohibited practice in organic farming.

In 2013, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) organized Maine’s Right to Know – GMO coalition, which gained legislative and gubernatorial approval of mandatory labeling of foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The law is the result of decades of organizing, research, citizen lobbying and all-around collaboration among citizens from all walks of Maine life. This year Maine legislators will have an opportunity to learn even more about GMOs in food and agriculture, and consider options for a speedier implementation of Maine’s landmark GMO labeling law.

LD 991 – An Act To Amend Maine’s Genetically Modified Food Products Labeling Law – seeks to eliminate a requirement in established law that five contiguous states, including Maine, adopt legislation similar to Maine’s. Connecticut and Vermont already have adopted GMO labeling laws. A bill in the Massachusetts Legislature has broad bi-partisan support. A legislative committee in New Hampshire has been studying the issue. Continue reading


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apply now for mofga organic certification

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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) offers local and affordable organic certification services through MOFGA Certification Services, LLC. The “MOFGA Certified Organic” logo is a widely recognized and time-honored symbol for Maine’s organic bounty. MOFGA Certification Services is a USDA-accredited organic certifier.

Those interested in seeking organic certification for crops, livestock or wild-crafted products should contact a staff person at MOFGA Certification Services today by phone (207-568-4142) or by email (certification@mofga.org) to request a certification application by mail. Application forms and information about organic certification are also available at www.mofgacertification.org.

The deadline for MOFGA to accept applications from crop and crop-related farm systems is Tuesday, June 30, 2015.


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community supported agriculture and fisheries fair

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MOFGA presents “Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries” on February 27 to March 1 at a locations throughout Maine.

These events are part celebration and part education, as local farmers, fishermen and other food producers tell community members how to enjoy local foods and support local businesses in a meaningful way. Continue reading


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MOFGA’s farmer to farmer conference

Every year farmers and other agricultural experts from Maine and beyond gather at MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer mofgaConference to share their expertise about organic cultivation and marketing.

This year the conference takes place fromNovember 1 to 3 at Point Lookout in Northport. It includes tours of the draft-powered North Branch Farm in Monroe and Bahner Farm’s mixed vegetable operation in Belmont.
Dan Brisebois will deliver the keynote address, “Integrating Seed Production into a Market Garden.” Brisebois farms at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm in Quebec and co-authored “Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.”

The core of the conference – two full days of educational workshops – maximizes peer-to-peer information sharing. More than 30 workshops are scheduled on topics ranging from farming with draft animals to learning the pros and cons of value-added food processing. Continue reading

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