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The Great Maine Apple Day: Learn, Taste, Share, Enjoy!
October 25, noon to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place on Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers. More information.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists
The Guardian [UK] - 4/5/2011.
By Fiona Harvey – Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.
The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars
Grist - 4/5/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Over on Civil Eats, Andrea Jezovit has put together a terrific interactive chart on the U.S. diet. Using USDA data for "average daily calories available per capita, adjusted for spoilage and waste," it tracks our eating habits since 1970, separating our foodstuffs into basic categories: grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, proteins ("meat, eggs, and nuts"), added sugars, and added fats.
Maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds – and a whole lot of sugar
Treehugger - 4/4/2011.
By Lloyd Alter – We Canadians love our maple syrup and have been making it for a long time, but in the end, I would have said that, like the argument over real sugar vs high fructose corn syrup, it's all just another kind of sugar and no good for you. Then Discovery News tells us to Pour on the Syrup – it's good for you.
Farming in Whitcomb’s blood
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: Where Walt Whitcomb comes from, people know what it means when the cows are out. Although the area has lost some of its farming character over the years, there's still a neighborly spirit when it comes to spying stray livestock, he said.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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