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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
Parkinson’s link to raised pesticide level
The Herald (U.K.) - 7/14/2009.
PEOPLE with raised levels of a particular pesticide in their blood may have an increased risk of Parkinson's disease, new American scientific research shows.
Night of revelry damages farmland
Kennebec Journal - 7/14/2009.
By Craig Crosby – CHINA – Spencer Aitel should have been cutting hay Monday. Instead, he was collecting beer bottles and examining acres of hay and alfalfa flattened by vandals to see what, if anything, could be salvaged to feed his cows. "Apparently, we had a keg party we weren't invited to. And it ended up being a mud run, too," said Aitel, who owns Two Loons Farm, an organic dairy farm, with his wife, Paige Tyson. "We have quite a bit of alfalfa on the ground that's flattened. They flattened several acres of field."
Universities win big grant for ‘green’ research
Portland Press Herald - 7/14/2009.
By John Richardson – The University of Maine and University of Southern Maine are launching a broad new education and research effort to create a greener society. The schools have received a $20 million, five-year federal grant to create the Sustainability Solution Initiative, which will be based at UMaine in Orono. The funding will pay for new faculty positions, research projects and a variety of academic courses focused on understanding environmental threats and how to make the transition to a more sustainable society.
On tiny plots, a new generation of farmers emerges
Common Dreams - 7/14/2009.
By Elizabeth Weise – Rochester, WA - Joseph Gabiou walks the fields of Wobbly Cart Farm with a practiced eye. He kicks dirt into place to keep the wind from blowing the protective covering off a row of organic broccoli. The seedlings are vulnerable to the flea beetles that came in the spring, just as longtime farmers in this valley told him they would. To a new farmer, that's crucial information. The farm, started five years ago, is young. But so is the 33-year-old Gabiou at a time when the average age of the American farmer is 57.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

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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