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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
Grass for fuel fires hope, debate
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/5/2010.
By Tux Turkel – Fallow farmland could heat schools and other buildings in Maine, if a demonstration plant in Aroostook County designed to turn grass into pellet fuel is economically successful. A joint venture led by the University of Maine has won a $1.6 million grant from the Maine Technology Institute to help build a perennial-grass pellet mill in Easton, near Presque Isle.
Spray? No way
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/5/2010.
By Tom Atwell – A movement to limit the use of synthetic pesticides on ornamental lawns and landscapes has begun to take root in Maine. A pesticides summit in Brunswick last month brought together people from inside and outside the state who have successfully instituted pesticide limits and people who are working toward such limits.
New study: A local whole foods diet is like mother like child
Treehugger - 12/5/2010.
By Sara Novak – Being a parent is tough. Even if you're vigilant, feeding finicky kids can be nearly impossible. Even if you serve local, organic, whole foods at home, one birthday party with green icing and your kids scream for more of this addictive drug. Except a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that what a woman eats during pregnancy determines a child's taste buds.
California sacrifices farm workers in favor of strawberries
Grist - 12/3/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – After a long battle, the state of California has overruled its own scientists and approved the use of the powerful neurotoxic pesticide methyl iodide on strawberries as a replacement for the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide.
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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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