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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Nov. 1-3 at Point Lookout, Northport

Join us for this year’s Farmer to Farmer Conference in Northport, Maine. Keynote speaker Dan Brisebois will discuss Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm (in Quebec). The conference features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, half dedicated to talks by farmers and other agricultural professionals and half dedicated to a roundtable discussion that solicits and builds on the accumulated knowledge of the attending farmers. For more information and session details or to register
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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Mexico goes back to the land
The Guardian [UK] - 2/14/2011.
By Gustavo Esteva – This is grim news: food prices are reaching record levels worldwide. The thousands of farmers who have killed themselves over the past decade seem to have no precedent. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation's director, the goal to reduce the number of hungry people by half will only be achieved in 2050.
Kid-Safe law under attack
Bangor Daily News - 2/14/2011.
By Hannah Pingree – In the spring of 2009, The Washington Post uncovered details of a brainstorming meeting of “industry insiders” at a Washington, D.C., club about how to best tamp down public concern over the chemical bisphenol-A, known as BPA. The insiders were particularly concerned about mothers, who were becoming more and more aware of the dangers of BPA.
Looking for a new blueberry? Think pink
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/13/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been putting together our orders for spring planting this year. Some of the items we are trying are just for curiosity. One of the big curiosity plants is "Pink Lemonade" blueberry, which showed up for the first time in a number of catalogs.
Animal welfare debate fires up in Germany
Treehugger - 2/13/2011.
By Christine Lepisto – The question of animal welfare shot straight into consumer awareness with the recent dioxin-contaminated egg scandal in Germany. Now, Germany's Agricultural Minister, Ilse Aigner, has proposed no less than an end to practices such as caging of laying chickens, branding of horses and cattle, and castration of piglets without anesthesia.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 13 - Film "Hanna Ranch" shown by MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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