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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
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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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

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