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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
Chernobyl birds have smaller brains, shorter lives
Treehugger - 2/12/2011.
By David DeFranza - Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster, new research shows that prolonged exposure to the remaining low-dose radiation has a serious impact on wildlife in the region. Birds living near Chernobyl have, on average, a brain 5 percent smaller than other birds of their species.
South Portland program helping students to grow
Portland Press Herald - 2/12/2011.
By Ann S. Kim – South Portland: A thick blanket of snow surrounded the greenhouse and covered the garden at South Portland High School, but inside, students were spinning visions of the growing season.
Good Will-Hinckley magnet school in line for funding
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 2/11/2011.
By Leslie Bridgers – Augusta: A new environmental and agricultural magnet school at Good Will-Hinckley is included in the proposed two-year budget that Gov. Paul LePage outlined Thursday. The Fairfield school could start enrolling day students in September and boarding students as early as January, said Glenn Cummings, president and executive director of Good Will-Hinckley.
NIH links pesticides to Parkinson’s
Organic Consumers - 2/11/2011.
The National Institutes of Health released research Friday that supported earlier research demonstrating a link between two pesticides and Parkinson's disease. The study showed that people who used either rotenone or paraquat are about two-and-a-half times more likely to develop Parkinson's than people who never used either pesticide.
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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

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