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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
School lunch reform creeps toward package
Grist - 8/5/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The school lunch bill leaped up from its hospital bed (it's in critical condition, remember!) and did a little jig today. What broke its fever? In a pig-flying moment of bipartisan comity, the Childhood Nutrition Act, aka the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" passed the Senate by unanimous consent this afternoon.
Fructose can accelerate growth of cancer cells
Treehugger - 8/5/2010.
By Kimberley Mok – As if the annoying, misleading ads from the makers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) weren't enough food for thought already, CBS News reports that researchers from UCLA have found that fructose – which is a component of HFCS (a suspected culprit in America's obesity epidemic) – could accelerate the growth of cancerous cells. The study discovered that pancreatic cancer cells grew faster when they were given fructose, leading scientists to surmise that it's likely that fructose could also cause other cancers to grow faster as well.
Augusta to resume some herbicide spraying
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2010.
By Keith Edwards – Augusta: The city is about to restart limited herbicide spraying despite some residents' concerns the chemicals could harm people.
Lobsters feed revival Down East
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2010.
By Clark Canfield – Portland: The nation’s last full-time sardine cannery is being given a second life four months after it closed with a company agreeing to buy it and operate it as a lobster-processing facility. Bumble Bee Foods LLC announced Wednesday it had agreed to sell the former Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor to Massachusetts-based Live Lobster Co. Inc.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

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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