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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
MOFGA Hires Executive Director
MOFGA Announcements - 7/30/2013.
The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is pleased to announce that Ted Quaday, of Santa Cruz, California, will become the organization’s next executive director. MOFGA began recruiting for this position in January, conducting a thorough, nationwide search for an inspiring and visionary leader to advance the organization’s goals. Quaday will attend MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair in September and will officially start as executive director on October 1.
“Renegade Gardener” Plots World Domination Through Home-Grown Veggies
Yes! - 7/30/2013.
By Katrina Rabeler - Ron Finley grew up in South Central Los Angeles, a "food desert" where nutritious eats are chronically unavailable. But when the fashion designer, personal trainer, poster collector, and father got tired of driving 45 minutes to buy an organic tomato, he decided to grow his own.
Complete Genes May Pass from Food to Human Blood
PLOS One - 7/30/2013.
By Sandor Spisak et al. - Based on analysis of more than 1000 human samples from four independent studies, the researchers find evidence that meal-derived DNA fragments large enough to carry complete genes can avoid degradation and enter the human circulation system. In one of the blood samples, the relative concentration of plant DNA is higher than the human DNA. (PDF)
Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers
Reuters - 7/26/2013.
By Kerry Grens - Farmers who used weedkillers were more than twice as likely to be treated for depression than farmers who didn't use the chemicals in a new study from France.
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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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