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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
Revitalize Rural America? First grow some backbone
Huffington Post - 6/9/2010.
By Eric Holt Gimenez – U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack recently declared a "silent" crisis in rural America. Silent? The American farmers testifying at the joint antitrust listening sessions held by the USDA and Department of Justice (DoJ) were loud enough. If their denunciation of the monopolies controlling our food system – and government inaction on antitrust abuse – is silence, it is only because their voices fell on deaf ears.
Settlement reached in Maine egg farm probe
Kennebec Journal - 6/7/2010.
AP – Turner: A civil settlement has been reached in an animal cruelty case involving Maine's largest egg farm. Under the agreement signed today, Maine Contract Farming of Turner admitted to 10 civil counts of animal cruelty. It will pay $25,000 in penalties and a one-time payment of $100,000 to the Maine Department of Agriculture for monitoring of hens at egg farms across the state.
Questions crop up after an odd start to growing season
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/6/2010.
By Tom Atwell – This week I'm catching up on the mailbox. It's spring, the gardening season is going well, and there are a lot of little things you should know. This is something I've mentioned in my blog, but not in print, and a lot of people have been asking about it: The damaged foliage, blooms and buds on your plants are from frost damage.
Farmers markets’ pilot program targets food assistance recipients
Bangor Daily News - 6/5/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Skowhegan: Several farmers markets in Maine are involved in a pilot project that the organizers hope will help illustrate a link between more affordable fresh produce and healthier people. The Wholesome Wave Foundation is instituting a “Veggie Prescription” program in Maine that allows doctors to give low-income patients farmers market vouchers so they can make more-healthful diet choices for less money.
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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

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