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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
Supporting local agriculture can be fun as well as tasty and nutritious
Portland Press Herald - 8/2/2010.
Op-Ed by Elizabeth Miller – Portland: Think globally, act locally! Get real, get Maine! Reduce your carbon footprint! Eat more vegetables! The admonitions all pointed us in one direction: time to get a "CSA." No, not the Confederate States of America, but a "community share of agriculture" – a farm share.
Local lunch Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 8/2/2010.
Editorial – When you have the same agency responsible both for promoting the country’s farmers and running the school lunch program, you end up with some less than desirable results. Schoolkids, for example, end up the recipients of surplus crops from distant farms rather than fresh food from local ones.
Crops absorb pharmaceuticals from treated sewage
Chemical & Engineering News - 8/2/2010.
By Rachel A. Zurer – Each year, U.S. farmers fertilize their fields with millions of tons of treated sewage and irrigate with billions of gallons of recycled water. Through this treated waste, an array of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) make their way unregulated from consumers' homes into farm fields. Now researchers find that at least one crop, soybeans, can readily absorb these chemicals, which raises concerns about the possible effects on people and animals that consume the PPCP-containing plants.
Mutiny on the bounty ... Of your overproducing garden
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/1/2010.
By Ray Routhier – Maine gardeners used to late frosts and short growing seasons may get a surprise this summer: more crops than they can handle. The mild winter and unusually warm and early spring have provided ideal conditions for backyard gardens to yield more vegetables than usual.
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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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