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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
Food industry duped us into ‘embracing junk food’
Kennebec Journal - 4/5/2010.
Letter to the Editor by Sue Melcher – Why are we obese? For the past few decades, our culture has disparaged real food. People who ate pine nuts, granola or wheat germ were dismissed as hippies or health nuts; wheat grass shakes and carrot juice smoothies were condemned as weird amalgams only pretentious, self-absorbed radicals would ingest.
Local milk venture backers confident
Bangor Daily News - 4/5/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Edmunds, Maine: Every morning and every night, Aaron Bell milks his cows at his ninth-generation family farm on the shore of Dennys Bay. The milk is organically produced and sold to local stores through farmers markets and grass-roots buying clubs. But without MOOMilk, a Maine-based, farmer-owned marketing venture, Bell wouldn't have a market large enough to sustain his dairy herd.
Organic corn outperforms many GM varieties in Minnesota trials
Organic Consumers - 4/5/2010.
By Ken Roseboro – Results from the Minnesota State Corn Trials show that organic corn seed from Blue River Hybrids produced better yields than many genetically modified varieties. Blue River Hybrids entered six of its hybrids in the trials. "The Minnesota Crop Improvement Association suggested to me that Minnesota farmers would be interested in seeing our hybrids in state trials," said Maury Johnson, president of Blue River Hybrids, based in Ames, Iowa.
You CAN play Johnny Appleseed in your yard
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/4/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Growing apples as a backyard crop can actually work. Maine has been a commercial apple-growing state for centuries, and that means apple pests are everywhere. I had been told that backyard gardeners would have to use too many pesticides to make such fruit growing practical.
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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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