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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
Rosemont Market plans Portland produce shop
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: Rosemont Market & Bakery plans to open a produce-only market on Commercial Street, in the former Finest Kind warehouse. The market will sell fresh produce from Maine farms and the Chelsea Produce Market outside Boston, according to John Naylor, owner of Rosemont. He said it should open sometime between mid-February and early March.
Growers using differing forms to save money
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Ken Ellis converted the heating in his 23 greenhouses from oil to wood pellets three years ago. The owner of Sunset Greenhouses in Fairfield said that while his consumption of pellets is still significant – 172 tons a year – his use of heating oil, which he uses only as a backup, has been dramatically reduced. "I burned 35,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil and that's been cut down to 9,000 gallons," Ellis said. "My total fuel bill is below half."
Find the farmers who’ve disappeared
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
Letter to the editor by Heather Retberg – People from across Maine who are interested in farming and food are gathering in Augusta this week for the agricultural trades show. You will find many trade groups and chemical companies amid the bustle. You won't find the thousands of disappeared farmers who gave up farming when they just couldn't add one more hot water line into the barn, or the concrete floor under the bulk tank, or separate facilities dedicated to one enterprise.
Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure
Science Daily - 1/12/2012.
Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields.
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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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