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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
White House Kitchen Garden Update: An Organic Farmer In Charge, And Cool Season Vegetables
Obama Foodorama - 11/27/2012.
By Eddie Gehman Kohan – It's been bitterly cold in the District of Columbia lately, but First Lady Michelle Obama's Kitchen Garden is thriving with a wide variety of cool season vegetables growing in the 1,500 square foot plot of raised beds: Winter lettuces and cabbages, root vegetables, herbs.
Research looks at effects of biochar on prairies
Leopold Ctr. for Sustainable Agriculture - 11/27/2012.
As optimism grows about the benefits of applying biochar to farmland, researchers have turned their attention to a neglected topic: how biochar affects natural ecosystems. When applied to crop fields, biochar has many of the same benefits for soil health as fertilizer, and also sequesters carbon underground for decades or centuries.
Pesticide Exposure in Children
Pediatrics - 11/26/2012.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says, “Epidemiologic evidence demonstrates associations between early life exposure to pesticides and pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.” The AAP makes several recommendations for pediatricians and governmental actions, including promoting pesticide use reduction and use of less toxic pesticides.
Who Needs an Oven? Just Bury Your Beans
The New York Times - 11/26/2012.
By John Willoughby – One morning a couple of months ago, my friend and frequent co-author Chris Schlesinger called me. “You have to come look at my new bean hole,” he said. After he explained that he was talking about a classic method of outdoor cooking, I figured it was worth checking out.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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