The annual Empty Bowl Supper, a benefit for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee's work, will celebrate 17 years of sistering and solidarity between small-scale and organic farmers in Maine and El Salvador Saturday evening, April 28.

The event begins 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 37 Miller St. Diners get to buy a handsome handmade bowl and fill it with soup featuring organic ingredients for just $15 ($35 maximum for families). They also will be treated to the music of singer/songwriter Gray Parrot of Hancock.

The Empty Bowl Supper is a spirited evening to enjoy with enthusiastic supporters and with new and old friends. It also is a chance to meet some Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association staff and board members.

MOFGA’s Sistering Committee holds this fundraiser annually, thanks to the generosity of the Unitarian Universalist Church, which donates the space; to many Maine potters who donate their beautiful bowls; to the Back 40 Bakehouse, which donates bread; and to the Belfast Co-op Store, which donates drinks, butter and more.

Funds raised have helped bring Salvadorans to Maine to tour farms, to meet with community organizers and agricultural officials and to participate in the Common Ground Country Fair; fund events relating to the Central American Free Trade Agreement for MOFGA’s sistering organizations in El Salvador; and helped with work to prevent mining companies from destroying Salvadoran mountains, water supplies, communities and agricultural lands. This year, proceeds will help fund the visit of a Salvadoran organic farmer and organizer who will speak at MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair about issues related to sugar cane production in his country and work that promotes organic farming there.

Tickets will be available at the door. For more information, visit MOFGA is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or