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Jason Kafka at the Agricultural Trades Show

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Jason Kafka who, with his wife, Barbara, farms MOFGA-certified organic Checkerberry Farm in Parkman. The Kafkas raise vegetables, herbs, flowers and seedlings, which they sell to vendors at the Common Ground Country Fair, Royal River Natural Foods, Barrels Community Market, Wood Prairie Farm, Wolf Pine Farm, other farms, Northern Girl, Crown O' Maine, Farm Fresh Connection, Whole Foods Market, Johnny’s Selected Seeds and Fedco Seeds. Their expertise from more than two decades of organic farming and marketing in Maine often inform and entertain our farming workshops. Jason was also a member-at-large of MOFGA's board, during which time "I did enjoy 12 years of board meeting potlucks," he says. Jason is shown here at the MOFGA booth at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
With squeeze on credit, microlending blossoms
The New York Times - 7/29/2010.
By Kristina Shevory – Amanda Keppert is convinced that she would have lost Mandy’s Korner, her hot dog stand in San Jose, Calif., if she had not received a type of loan that is more common in the third world than in the United States.
Bread is focus of conference, fair
Kennebec Journal - 7/28/2010.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: The fourth annual Kneading Conference is set to open Thursday with two days of lectures, workshops and hands-on demonstrations on the life of bread, from grain to grist mill to kitchen table. The conference, and the second annual Maine Artisan Bread Fair on Saturday, are at the Skowhegan State Fairgrounds, off U.S. Route 201, north of downtown Skowhegan, said organizer Amber Lambke of Skowhegan.
Experts want junk taken off food stamp menu
Bangor Daily News - 7/28/2010.
By Meg Haskell – Four billion dollars. That’s how much Americans spend in food stamp dollars each year to buy sugar-sweetened, carbonated soft drinks. In Maine, it translates to about $2 million a year. Imagine, says Maine pediatric dentist and public health advocate Jonathan Shenkin, how much healthful food could be purchased with those dollars.
Maine: where the wild blueberries are
The Atlantic - 7/28/2010.
By Corby Kummer – Along with unrestrained lobster gluttony, when on Down East summer visits I eat the pellet-sized wild blueberries that are equally emblematic of the State O' Maine, as the brand of bathrobes and pajamas is still called (though the factory and outlet where we would stock up annually, heading north out of Rockland, is now an office development).
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February 16-17 - Advanced Business Planning Workshop

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