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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
Maine warmer for plants, but let’s not go bananas
Portland Press Herald - 1/26/2012.
By Seth Borenstein (AP) – The southern portion of York County and the stretch of Maine coast from the Sheepscot River to Penobscot Bay are now in the same planting zone as central Massachusetts and northern Connecticut, according to a new planting guide published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Chemicals in carpeting, food packaging may harm kids’ immune systems
Bangor Daily News - 1/25/2012.
By Michelle Fay Cortez (Bloomberg News) – Chemicals used in consumer products, including rain gear, stain-resistant carpeting, microwave popcorn bags and fast-food packaging, appear to limit children’s disease-fighting immune responses, a study found. The research by Danish investigators is one of the first to examine the effects of perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, on the immune system.
Mother Nature’s disasters attempt to balance world
Kennebec Journal - 1/25/2012.
Op-ed by Jim Murphy – Mostly missed on lists for 2011 was the horrific toll of weather disasters. Globally, natural disasters are growing in number and violence. Most record-setting events in 2011 were elsewhere, but even here climate is being rocked off its 11,700-year-old perch. Federal disasters once were rare, but 2011 saw declarations in 47 states.
Maine’s (hard) cider house gang
Portland Press Herald - 1/25/2012.
By Shannon Bryan – Spotting a trio of 20-somethings tipping back glasses of hard cider at Mainely Brews in Waterville isn't out of the ordinary. What is: Discovering that the three have fermented the beverage themselves, and here, on a Thursday afternoon in early January, they're tasting it fresh from the keg for the very first time.
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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

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