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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
The fight over the future of food
Reuters - 11/10/2009.
By Claudia Parsons, Russell Blinch and Svetlana Kovalyova – New York/Washington/Milan: – At first glance, Giuseppe Oglio's farm near Milan looks like it's suffering from neglect. Weeds run rampant amid the rice fields and clover grows unchecked around his millet crop. Oglio, a third generation farmer eschews modern farming techniques – chemicals, fertilizers, heavy machinery – in favor of a purely natural approach. It is not just ecological, he says, but profitable, and he believes his system can be replicated in starving regions of the globe.
Good food nation: Researchers think America’s obesity epidemic can be reversed via ‘foodsheds’
Phys.org - 11/10/2009.
By Peter Dizikes – Obesity is widespread due to our national-scale system of food production and distribution, which surrounds children – especially lower-income children – with high-calorie products. “The problem lies not just in a child, but the whole environment around a child,” says Albright. “To end obesity, we need to produce healthier, more accessible, more affordable food.”
While scientists fight over BPA studies, Congress could just act
Grist - 11/9/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Joining Tom Philpott on the anti-BPA bandwagon, the New York Times columnist Nick Kristof had an op-ed Sunday detailing the mounting evidence against the hormone disrupting chemical. One comment in particular summed up the debate nicely: “When you have 92 percent of the American population exposed to a chemical, this is not one where you want to be wrong,” said Dr. Ted Schettler of the Science and Environmental Health Network. “Are we going to quibble over individual rodent studies, or are we going to act?”
Red deer that escaped from Levant farm may threaten whitetails
Bangor Daily News - 11/7/2009.
By John Holyoke – Levant: Elwood Mason began his farming career at the age of 7½, milking cows on the family farm. Unfortunately for Mason – and potentially for the native white-tailed deer that live in Maine – keeping his herd of almost 200 red deer in their fenced Levant pastures has proved to be a bit of a problem.
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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

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