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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
Mainer fights cuts to organic farming
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind – Washington: When Sarah Smith's Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan needed help to create pastures where cows could graze even in a summer drought, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program chipped in $1,300 and priceless expert advice. That and other programs that boost organic farmers could be cut as lawmakers struggle with spending priorities, with the focus on reducing the federal deficit and national debt.
Poll: Mainers want strong environmental laws
Bangor Daily News - 4/7/2011.
AP – Portland: A poll released as environmental laws come under attack in Augusta indicates Mainers want economic prosperity without rolling back environmental rules and regulations. The Critical Insights survey says nine of 10 Maine voters believe protection of the environment should be a priority, with 53 percent deeming it a “high priority.”
Lesson learned: appreciate everything that goes into a meal
Portland Press Herald - 4/6/2011.
By Anne Mahle – This winter, I've been working with a farmer/chef, Neal Foley, of Claddah Farms in Montville, where he raises all of his own animals and sells a good bit of them through butchery and cooking classes.
Skowhegan organic farmer to talk policy in Congress
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/5/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm likes to talk about organic foods and the $36.6 million in sales it generates annually in Maine. Smith, 29, will have plenty of opportunity to discuss all things organic Wednesday and Thursday when she travels to Washington D.C. to meet members of Congress.
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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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