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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
Maine Gardener: Plastics in the garden? It depends
Portland Press Herald - 10/19/2014.
By Tom Atwell - Plastic is often seen as evil. It is derived from petroleum, and it does not decompose. Ever since Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman in “The Graduate,” was advised that the key to his career was plastics, it has symbolized everything phony. But plastic has a place in the garden, even organic gardens. It’s a question of balance – whether using the material does more good than harm.
Humble spud poised to launch a world food revolution
The Guardian [UK] - 10/18/2014.
By Tracy McVeigh - In a small army field-hut Dr Arjen de Vos shows off his irrigation machine with pride. Pipes lead out to several acres of muddy field, where only a few stragglers from the autumn harvest of potatoes, salads, carrots and onions are left. The tubes are lined with copper to stop corrosion because – in a move that defies everything we think we know about farming – de Vos is watering his plants with diluted sea water.
Boulder's bee-safe boosters targeting businesses for no 'neonics' pledge
Boulder Daily Camera - 10/18/2014.
By Sam Klomhaus - First Melody-Catalpa, now all of Boulder County. Bee Safe Boulder, the group behind the first bee-safe neighborhood in the state, is at it again.
Yes on Question 2: Why it’s worth it to have a lab that tests ticks, moose and more
Bangor Daily News - 10/18/2014.
Editorial - Earlier this month, a York County man was confirmed to have Eastern equine encephalitis, the first human case of the disease diagnosed in Maine. A blood sample from the man was sent to a commercial lab because the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, which used to assist with EEE testing, has been unable to do the work since 2008 because its laboratory facilities don’t meet federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards for biosecurity.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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