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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
Walmart wants Iowans to farm by its principles
The Des Moines Register - 11/7/2010.
By Philip Brasher – Never mind the government regulators. When it comes to influencing the way farmers grow their crops, the real power someday may be Walmart, the nation's largest food retailer. Walmart pledges to double sales of locally grown food by 2015 and also is taking steps to ensure that all the food it sells is produced in sustainable ways. Walmart wants to measure and set farm-to-fork standards for the energy and natural resource impacts of food production.
Apple with a pedigree
Wall Street Journal - 11/7/2010.
By Anne Marie Chaker – Roxbury Russet has a nutty flavor. Strawberry Chenango smells like roses. Cornish Gilliflower is reminiscent of clove. Farmers and chefs treat them like fine wine, but these are apples – "heritage" or "heirloom" varieties that were common on American tables as far back as colonial times but today are rarely tasted.
While Warning About Fat, U.S. Pushes Cheese Sales
The New York Times - 11/6/2010.
By Michael Moss – Domino’s Pizza was hurting early last year. Domestic sales had fallen, and a survey of big pizza chain customers left the company tied for the worst tasting pies. Then help arrived from an organization called Dairy Management. It teamed up with Domino’s to develop a new line of pizzas with 40 percent more cheese, and proceeded to devise and pay for a $12 million marketing campaign.
Farms key to Maine’s economy, say experts
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 11/6/2010.
By Erin Rhoda – Madison: Bolstering Maine farms will help create jobs and stimulate the local economy, a group of agricultural specialists said Friday. Seven panelists at the annual economic development forum told about 45 people in Maine business and government that agricultural development is key to a bright economic future.
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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

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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