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The Great Maine Apple Day: Learn, Taste, Share, Enjoy!
October 25, noon to 4 p.m.
MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity

Celebrate the history, flavor and tradition of Maine apples while honoring the importance of a diversified, perennial agriculture. The annual Great Maine Apple Day, sponsored by MOFGA, Fedco and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, takes place on Saturday, October 25, from noon to 4 p.m., rain or shine, at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Admission is $2 for MOFGA members and $4 for nonmembers. More information.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Back to their roots
The Daily - 7/30/2012.
By Chavie Lieber – They see themselves as innovators, much like their 20-something contemporaries who have flocked to Silicon Valley to change the world. But this group is venturing to a different field — literally. Enthusiasm for agriculture is surging among a new generation of younger people who are choosing careers tending to the land.
Nothing small about it: microloans give new farmers a needed boost
Grist - 7/30/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – Nelida Martinez started selling vegetables from her community garden to help pay for her son’s treatment for leukemia, and then got hooked up with Viva Farms, a farm incubator program in Washington state’s Skagit Valley that helped her access land she could farm as if it were her own.
Chronic drought will become new normal across parts of US
Treehugger - 7/30/2012.
Mat McDermott – Scientists writing in Nature Geoscience have made a rather grim forecast for the coming century: The chronic drought conditions that hit the western US from 2000-2004, the strongest in 800 years, will become normal conditions.
Study: Will better feed for cows yield healthier milk?
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/30/2012.
Jennifer Mitchell – A new study, funded by the federal government, is looking at the connection between what cows eat and the quality of milk they produce. With rising concerns over heart disease and high cholesterol, some members of the dairy industry are looking to the $3 million USDA study to help farmers make a healthier form of milkfat.
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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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