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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Organic Farming:
Principles and Practice


Tuesday, May 24 and
Wednesday, May 25
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Free for MOFGA apprentices (registration required); MOFGA members $75; all other registrants $100 per day or $150 for both days

This is a two-day immersion course (free for MOFGA apprentices) open to any participants interested in learning the fundamental principles and practices of organic farming.

Join specialists from MOFGA's Agricultural Services Department and a panel of organic farmers for a two-day introductory course in organic farming. Register for either or both days. Lunch will be provided.

More information

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic Food: Cutting Through The Confusion
Huffington Post - 11/6/2010.
Maria Rodale, CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., and the author of Organic Manifesto, discusses the three major challenges facing organic food production today.
Slow Food’s Conference: sustaining the sustainability crusaders
The Atlantic - 11/5/2010.
By Pascale Brevet – On a clear late October morning, more than 5,000 people milled about the Lingotto exhibition hall in Turin, Italy. Traditional costumes from every continent mixed to form a colorful patchwork, and the air filled with the murmur of languages from over 160 countries. The Terra Madre community had returned to Turin.
The problems with patenting genetically modified foods
The Atlantic - 11/5/2010.
By Marion Nestle – In a friend of the court brief, the Justice Department said human and other genes should not be eligible for patents because they are part of nature. Although the brief focuses on genes for breast and ovarian cancer, and specifically excludes man-made genetic modifications like those in corn and soybeans, it could be interpreted as having some implications for food biotechnology – excluding "biopiracy," for example, a pejorative term for the private appropriation of public biological resources.
USDA issues draft environmental assessment of GM sugar beets
Food Navigator USA - 11/5/2010.
By Caroline Scott-Thomas – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) of genetically modified sugar beets, including an option to permit planting of the beets under certain conditions.
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