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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
Fears for crops as shock figures from America show scale of bee catastrophe
Common Dreams - 5/3/2010.
By Alison Benjamin – Disturbing evidence that honeybees are in terminal decline has emerged from the United States where, for the fourth year in a row, more than a third of colonies have failed to survive the winter. The decline of the country's estimated 2.4 million beehives began in 2006, when a phenomenon dubbed colony collapse disorder (CCD) led to the disappearance of hundreds of thousands of colonies. Since then more than three million colonies in the US and billions of honeybees worldwide have died.
A New Deal for local economies
Common Dreams - 5/3/2010.
By Stacy Mitchell – Let me begin by sharing some good news. Scattered here and there, in my country and in yours, the seeds of a new, more local, and more durable economy are taking root. Locally grown food has soared in popularity. There are now 5,274 active farmers markets in the United States. Remarkably, almost one of every two of these markets was started within the last decade. Food co-ops and neighborhood greengrocers are likewise on the rise.
St. Albans farm’s goat school gains fame, boosts tourism
Bangor Daily News - 5/3/2010.
By Diana Bowley – St. Albans, Maine: It isn’t a tea party or a spa treatment for Mom that will draw more than 100 people from 21 states to this small community on Mother’s Day weekend. The annual event, which has helped spark the local economy, really isn’t about honoring mothers at all, unless you are a doe. Ken and Janice Spaulding of Stony Knolls Farm, who raise about 35 registered dairy goats and sell the milk and milk-related products at local farmers markets, once again will hold their two-day goat school on Mother’s Day weekend.
Portland Farmers Market joins elite
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/2/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila and Edward D. Murphy – Portland: Farmers set up tables with fresh produce, flowers and other goods Saturday, just as they have for most of the past 242 years. But this year, the farmers and their market are getting a little extra boost of publicity. The Portland Farmers' Market, holding its first session of the season Saturday morning in Deering Oaks, has been named one of America's 10 best by Travel + Leisure magazine.
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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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