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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
What my garden told me in 2013
Living Low in the Lou - 12/14/2013.
By Claire Schosser - Back in May I posted about using the scientific method to conduct a dialogue with my garden in my effort to learn to work more skillfully with Nature’s patterns. While I want to grow a lot of food in a small space, I also want to leave that small space better than I found it.
Half Moon Gardens Donated to Unity College, Gift to Spark Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Bangor Daily News - 12/13/2013.
By Mark Tardif - Unity College has received a transformative gift that will enhance teaching, research, experiential learning and programs in sustainability science. Isabel McKay and Rick Thompson of Brooks have gifted Half Moon Gardens of Thorndike, a multifaceted greenhouse operation featuring conventional and certified organic products. The property, along with five years of financial support, is valued at over $1.2 million.
Will Brazil's Vote on 'Terminator Seeds' Be a Christmas Gift to Monsanto?
Common Dreams - 12/13/2013.
By Jacob Chamberlain - They'll be back. 'Terminator' seeds, banned across the globe following massive protests in India, Latin America and south-east Asia in the 1990s, may be sprouting up in fields soon following the likely passage of a bill in the Brazilian legislature this month that could unravel a global moratorium on the technology, The Guardian reports.
China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban
Oregon Public Broadcasting - 12/12/2013.
By China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States – an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market. The restriction took effect last week and China’s government says it will continue indefinitely. It applies to clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested from the waters of Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Northern California.
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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

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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