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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
Scientists investigate possible connection between autism and vitamin D
Environmental Health News - 1/31/2013.
By Brita Belli - Vitamin D plays a pivotal role in a number of disorders. Now scientists are investigating whether the “sunshine vitamin” could be implicated in autism. With autism rates climbing and levels of vitamin D declining because of more sunscreen use and less time spent outdoors, scientists have begun to look into a possible link.
Tomorrow’s Organics uses proactive approach in sourcing organic produce
The Produce News - 1/31/2013.
By Christina DiMartino - Tomorrow’s Organics is a producer, marketer and distributor of organic fruits and vegetables. “We have built our business serving the ‘true believer,’ grass-roots organic community,” said Ms. Grossman. “Through the years, however, we’ve grown and we now sell to the largest organic wholesalers in the country."
Pruning Highbush Blueberries
Growing - 1/31/2013.
By Vern Grubinger - Pruning is essential to maintaining a productive planting of highbush blueberries over time. Yet many blueberry growers fail to prune in a timely fashion, while other growers, or their workers, prune the plants without fully understanding what they are trying to accomplish.
Genetic Changes to Food May Get Uniform Labeling
The New York Times - 1/31/2013.
By Stephanie Strom - With Washington State on the verge of a ballot initiative that would require labeling of some foods containing genetically engineered ingredients and other states considering similar measures, some of the major food companies and Wal-Mart, the country’s largest grocery store operator, have been discussing lobbying for a national labeling program.
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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

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