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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Strawberry harvest looks promising as growers prepare for pick-your-own crowds
Kennebec Journal - 6/16/2013.
By Paul Keonig - With pick-your-own strawberry season starting soon, farmers in the area say this year's harvest looks promising. Ben Marcus of Uncas Farms and Sheepscot General Store in Whitefield, said the store already has had a lot of calls about strawberries. Marcus thinks part of the demand for the business's certified organic strawberries can be attributed to the strawberry being listed on the Environmental Working Group's annual "Dirty Dozen" list of food with the most pesticide residue.
Hidden benefits of community gardens
Progressive Review - 6/16/2013.
By Christina Sari - I recently spent an entire Saturday afternoon at one of my local community gardens, one of a dozen or more scattered throughout the city proper and one of literally a hundred or more spread throughout nearby suburbs. I was surprised to learn the other benefits of community gardening that weren’t so apparent upon first glance.
Water Wars: Who Controls The Flow?
National Public Radio - 6/15/2013.
Rivers don't follow political boundaries — they flow through states and over international borders. And there are endless demands for water: for agriculture, drinking, plumbing, manufacturing, to name just a few. And then there's the ecosystem that depends on water getting downstream. So what are our legal rights when it comes to water? And who decides?
Britain's new 'peasants' down on the farm
The Guardian [UK] - 6/15/2013.
By Claire Provost and John Vidal - The English peasantry may have officially died out in the Middle Ages, but a new breed of small-scale farmers who live off a few acres and celebrate life on the land have been accepted to join the world's biggest peasant organisation.
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September 27 - Beyond Hunger: Communities of Change

October 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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