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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
9-year-old grows truly great pumpkin
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Dresden: Sienna Mazone was thrilled when her 65-pound white pumpkin won first prize in the Great Pumpkin Competition at the Common Ground Country Fair. The 9-year-old is home schooled and helps with the family's vegetable garden as part of her curriculum. Her science project was to grow a variety of pumpkin bred by Winslow-based Johnny's Seeds called Polar Bear.
Mushroom foraging: expert says to do it by the book
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Waterville: In real estate, it's all about location. In the world of edible, wild-mushroom gathering, it's all about timing. "Timing, timing, timing," mushroom hobbyist and presenter Richard Tory of Canaan told a group of more than 100 people Sunday during an open-air workshop at the Quarry Road Recreation Area.
The importance of domestic animal diversity
Energy Bulletin - 10/10/2011.
By Steven French – For century upon century domestic animals have been bred with specialized traits suited to particular tasks or to live and prosper in specific climates or regions. Arguably these domesticated breeds are of significance equal to their brethren who live in the wild and just like their wild counterparts, many of the breeds are in danger of extinction. Indeed some breeds have already been lost.
Potatoes, pride at risk in Maine
Boston.com - 10/10/2011.
By Billy Baker – Presque Isle: In the fall of 1960, sensing the end of his life approaching, John Steinbeck set off on a road trip around America with his dog. He began by pointing his truck as far to the northeast as he could until he hit Aroostook County, that part of Maine that “sticks up like a thumb into Canada.’’ There, he said, his hope was to see potatoes.
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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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