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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
Maine farmer heads group challenging genetics giant
Portland Press Herald - 11/9/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A fight to maintain consumer choice and farm independence has landed Maine farmer Jim Gerritsen on Utne Reader's list of "25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World," published in the November/December edition of the magazine on newsstands now.
Maine’s bounty on the menu at Bangor festival
Bangor Daily News - 11/9/2011.
By Emily Burnham – Growing season is pretty much done here in Maine, but this weekend at the Bangor Auditorium it’ll be like August all over again with the first-ever Maine Harvest Festival. More than 50 vendors from all over the state will sell their wares and make connections with professional and home chefs.
Killing the competition: meat industry reform takes a blow
Grist - 11/9/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – One of the least-discussed but most promising attempts at food system reform was dealt a serious blow the other day. The USDA itself eviscerated its proposed reform to a set of rules which would have given a government division authority to crack down on the way large corporate meatpackers wield power over small and mid-sized ranchers.
How reclaimed hand tools can review the local economy
Treehugger - 11/9/2011.
By Sami Grover – From the rebirth of distilling in Brooklyn to the sustainability inherent in DIY culture, people around the world are reviving the art of actually making things. And Etsy has been a central force in making that happen. Now Etsy are giving back – celebrating the artisans who are reclaiming DIY.
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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

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