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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practice


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Residents join forces to feed themselves
The Guardian [UK] - 2/3/2010.
By John Carvel – A village on the western fringes of Hampshire is well on the way to becoming the first in England to defy the power of the supermarkets by achieving communal self-sufficiency in food. The parish of Martin lies on good agricultural land beneath the chalk downs of Cranborne Chase. In past centuries, its 164 households would have been sustained by the output of local farms and dairies. But, over the last 60 years, the dairies closed and the farmers directed their harvests towards the vast hoppers of agro-industry. The people of Martin continued to be surrounded by fields growing food, but none of it reached their plates. And after the village shop closed in 1982, they had to travel to buy provisions.
FDA: Drugs 'not safe for humans' can be fed to livestock right before slaughter
Alternet - 2/3/2010.
By Martha Rosenberg – While researchers and scientists investigate the cause of our diabetes, obesity, asthma and ADHD epidemics, they should ask why the FDA approved a livestock drug banned in 160 nations and responsible for hyperactivity, muscle breakdown and 10 percent mortality in pigs, according to angry farmers who phoned the manufacturer. The beta agonist ractopamine, a repartitioning agent that increases protein synthesis, was recruited for livestock use when researchers found the drug, used in asthma, made mice more muscular says Beef magazine.
Court’s ruling could help us rebuild communities
Bangor Daily News - 2/3/2010.
Op-ed by Jane Livingston – In one fell swoop, the Supreme Court just sacked pretty much all the victories won in the past few decades by advocates for clean and sustainable air, water and food, safe workplaces, fair trade and equal access for all to the good American life, including good health, education, housing and, in essence, all of the freedoms guar-anteed us in our Constitution. Now all are put at grave risk, because the court saw fit to roll back a 20-year old law that banned corporations from directly giving money to candidates running for public office, turning our political system into a livestock auction.
Small is beautiful (and radical)
Grist - 2/3/2010.
By Eliot Coleman – When a friend told me of two of the proposed discussion topics for a major agricultural conference – “What is so radical about radical agriculture?” and “Is small the only beautiful?” – I told him that that I thought both questions had the same answer. The radical idea behind by organic agriculture is a change in focus. The new focus is on the quality of the crops grown and their suitability for human nutrition. That is a change from the more common focus on growing as much quantity as possible and using whatever chemical techniques contribute to increasing that quantity.
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