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MOFGA's Farmer to Farmer Conference
Nov. 1-3 at Point Lookout, Northport

Join us for this year’s Farmer to Farmer Conference in Northport, Maine. Keynote speaker Dan Brisebois will discuss Integrating Seed Production Into a Market Garden at Tourne-Sol Co-operative Farm (in Quebec). The conference features a unique 3-hour workshop session format, half dedicated to talks by farmers and other agricultural professionals and half dedicated to a roundtable discussion that solicits and builds on the accumulated knowledge of the attending farmers. For more information and session details or to register
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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
For more nutritious diet, go with whole grains
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Look at the packaging for anything from Wonder Bread to Cocoa Puffs and you'll see big splashy letters proclaiming: "Made With Whole Grain." These claims reflect the fact that Americans eat very few whole grains, but are constantly told they need to eat more.
Eat, write, say
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Ali Perkins, a senior from the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, had never given much thought to being a food writer – she wants to be a teacher. But there she was last Thursday night, standing on stage before a crowd at the Space Gallery in Portland, reading her essay about a hike that taught her about wild Maine foods.
To make local food more accessible, time to revive mid-sized farms
Grist - 3/15/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Today is National Agriculture Day. Have you hugged your farmer yet? To celebrate this special day, I've dug this column out of the archives, originally published three years ago this spring. It's a tribute to mid-size farms, which don't make nearly as much cash as their industrial-scale brethren and don't get nearly the love lavished on small farms.
Permaculture: Deconstructing a Definition
Energy Bulletin - 3/15/2011.
by Lisa Fernandes. Permaculture, at its core, is a design process (1) and set of techniques (2) for creating resilient (3) and [truly] sustainable (4) human habitats and healthy ecosystems. (5) Now, I will footnote the daylights out of this definition, which is one of many definitions currently in use, all of which have virtues and drawbacks.
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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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