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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
First day of weekly (Portland) farmers’ market
Portland Press Herald - 4/2/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Today marked the official start of the weekly farmers' market in Monument Square. Dan from Sumner Valley Farm and Mike from Uncle's Farm Stand were there as the vanguard of the 30+ farmers who will fill the square by the time summer rolls around. Look for these guys (and hopefully others) next Wednesday from about 8:30 am until about 1:30 pm. Once the weather improves, the official market hours of 7 am-2 pm kick in.
Get toxic chemicals out of products used by children
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2009.
Guest Column by Heather vanFrankenhuyzen and Cathy Anderson – As small retailers, we’re anxious to see an end to the stress and uncertainty over dangerous chemicals being used in the products we sell – especially in products designed for children. These chemicals lead to costly disease and take a tremendous toll on our families, our pocketbooks, and our health system.
State probes animal cruelty claims at Turner egg farm
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
By Kathryn Skelton – State agriculture officials in white containment suits and masks spent Wednesday going in and out of buildings at the former DeCoster Egg Farm, searching for evidence of animal cruelty.
Excerpts from diary of undercover employee
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Mercy for Animals has declined to identify the person who worked undercover at Quality Egg of New England, but has made available excerpts from the worker's diary. Using photographs, video and audio recordings, the undercover worker documented 83 instances of alleged cruelty, including farm workers allegedly ignoring sick and injured birds and improper disposal of dying hens. Workers' names have been replaced by "XXXX".
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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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