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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
Farming at a crossroads: will farmers rely on agribusiness or find alternatives to fight superweeds?
Treehugger - 3/7/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – As the debate over 2,4-d—the widely-used herbicide and Agent Orange ingredient—rattles on in Washington, a larger battle is taking place on American farms over how the fight against superweeds will be fought in the future.
The fight to label genetically modified foods goes national
The Atlantic - 3/7/2012.
By Marion Nestle – I was just handed a petition for a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods. I signed it, but how come GM foods aren't already labeled? Labeling GM foods should be a no-brainer. Practically everyone wants them labeled.
Maine’s farmers likely to regret Agriculture-Conservation merger
Kennebec Journal - 3/7/2012.
Op-ed by George Smith – I can't wait to pick tomatoes at Mount Blue State Park, and I'll bet those fields of pumpkins in Camden Hills State Park will be a big hit with kids come Halloween. Great idea – putting state parks and public lands in Maine's Department of Agriculture! Maybe that's just the spark that farming needs to regain its place in the state's economy. More than likely, it will be something the state's agricultural industry regrets in the years to come.
Year-round gardening in Maine? Really? Really
Portland Press Herald - 3/7/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – David Tidwell didn't intend to create a business. He only wanted to build a greenhouse that would allow his wife, Marlene, to grow organic vegetables year-round at their home in New Gloucester.
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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

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 20 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

November 21-23 - Low Impact Forestry Workshops


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