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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
Sustainable farming can feed the world?
The New York Times - 3/8/2011.
By Mark Bittman – The oldest and most common dig against organic agriculture is that it cannot feed the world’s citizens; this, however, is a supposition, not a fact. And industrial agriculture isn’t working perfectly, either: the global food price index is at a record high, and our agricultural system is wreaking havoc with the health not only of humans but of the earth. There are around a billion undernourished people; we can also thank the current system for the billion who are overweight or obese.
Perry winter greenhouse project inspires students
Bangor Daily News - 3/8/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: When Dan Morang arrived at Perry Elementary School on Friday morning to teach his combination fifth- and sixth-grade class, the temperature outside was 15 degrees below zero. But he wasn’t worried about his students’ unique greenhouse project, the Perry Green Dream, which is located just to the west of the school playground.
Eco-farming could double food output of poor countries, says UN
The Guardian [UK] - 3/8/2011.
A move by farmers in developing countries to ecological agriculture, away from chemical fertilisers and pesticides, could double food production within a decade, a UN report says. Insect-trapping plants in Kenya and ducks eating weeds in Bangladesh's rice paddies are among examples of recommendations for feeding the world's 7 million people.
Maine agriculture leaders encouraged by federal products survey
Bangor Daily News - 3/8/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Augusta: The most recent federal survey of a number of agricultural products – such as milk, eggs, and potatoes – reveals a mixed bag across Maine farmland, both in growth and success. Maine agricultural leaders said Tuesday the survey showed that the state’s farming industry is healthy and sustainable, both in retaining and growing farms.
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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

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