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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
‘Organic’ growth driving organic supermarket
CNBC - 12/17/2013.
By Lee Brodie - It appears that Whole Foods knows a thing or two about organic and we're not just talking lettuce.
On GMOs, Maine must take strong stand for consumers’ right to know
Bangor Daily News - 12/16/2013.
By Lance Harvell and Christopher Johnson - Buoyed by the overwhelming support of our constituents, the Maine Legislature proudly passed LD 718 earlier this year, a bill requiring any food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to be labeled as such.
CSA in the USA: The Next Quarter Century
The Cornucopia Institute - 12/16/2013.
By Steven McFadden - Across the US, many rural regions are “food deserts” where production ag reigns supreme, and fresh local food and supermarkets are scarce. In this context, CSAs in general (and also collaborative CSAs, a.k.a. cCSAs, and CSAs in partnership with co-ops) have potential to meet many profound needs.
Organic Food Market in United States to Grow at 14% CAGR During 2013-18
PRWeb - 12/15/2013.
United States is the highest demand generator for organic food in the world with continuously increasing domestic production. During 2002-11, the country’s domestic organic food production increased to about 240%. The country is home to about 17,750 organic farms. The demand for organic food is continuously increasing in the United States as Organic Trade Association (OTA) 2012 estimates reveal that eight out of ten parents are reportedly purchasing organic food in the country.
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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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