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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
Garlic: Growing, Recipes, History
Portland Press Herald - 10/15/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens, The Root - Archaeologists have found proof of garlic in Egypt and Mesopotamia dating back to nearly 3000 B.C. It is believed workers and slaves who were building the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Cheops) were fed garlic to aid their health and strength. In the 5th century B.C., Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian wrote about the use of garlic as a valuable medicine.
Harvesting thousands of pounds of vegetables at Swanville’s Reentry Center garden
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 10/15/2013.
By Bill Shorey - Most of you are familiar with the Garden Project that the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center operates on Route 141 in Swanville. A brief history of the garden would be that it was developed four years ago on five acres of leased land and the clients of the Reentry Center would volunteer time each week to assist me (I also am a volunteer) in the operation of this project.
Nutrient pollution threatens national park ecosystems, study says
Los Angeles Times - 10/14/2013.
By Tony Barboza - National parks from the Sierra Nevada to the Great Smoky Mountains are increasingly being fertilized by unwanted nutrients drifting through the air from agricultural operations, putting some of the country’s most treasured natural landscapes at risk of ecological damage, a new study has found.
Monsanto buys a food prize
Jim Hightower - 10/14/2013.
By Jim Hightower - As Lily Tomlin has noted, "No matter how cynical you get, it's almost impossible to keep up."
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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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