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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
Food dispatches
Portland Press Herald - 8/5/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Cheryl Wixson, resident chef at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will give a presentation on root cellaring at noon Aug. 11 at the Merryspring Nature Center.
Fungus poses threat to Maine’s low-bush blueberry crop
Portland Press Herald - 8/5/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Due to the wet summer, the wild blueberry harvest is running about a week late this year. But growers are still hoping for a bumper crop, if they can keep a new threat to their fields under control. Valdensinia leaf spot is a very small fungus that could cause very big problems for Maine's low-bush blueberry industry. "We've made a major effort to do an educational push on this, because this is something very different than (growers) have dealt with in the past," said David Yarborough, a cooperative extension blueberry specialist and professor of horticulture at the University of Maine.
Filmmmakers ask tough questions in ‘Food Inc.’
Portland Press Herald - 8/4/2009.
Editorial – Forget about fad diets or extreme exercise programs. Anyone who wants to lose weight this summer should head to a movie theater and watch "Food Inc.," Robert Kenner's documentary that asks hard questions about where our food comes from, what's in it and what it is doing to us.
Modified corn seeds sow doubts
Common Dreams - 8/4/2009.
By Martin Mittelstaedt – Next spring, farmers in Canada will be able to sow one of the most complicated genetically engineered plants ever designed, a futuristic type of corn containing eight foreign genes.
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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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