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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

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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 dairy farmers getting trickle of temporary relief
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
By Kevin Miller - Washington: The USDA says it plans to pay Maine dairy farmers 59 cents per hundred-weight for milk produced in September. The additional payments were welcome news to Maine's struggling dairy farmers, but several people in the industry said much larger reforms are needed.
The Mill at Freedom Falls
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2013.
Video: Restoring the mill at Freedom Falls has become a labor of love Tony Grassi of Camden. He bought the run-down building and successfully had it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now he is overseeing the restoration and hopes to attract commercial tenants when the work is complete.
Our View: Groundfishing limits are a disaster for this region
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
Editorial - What is happening to the Northeast's groundfishing industry is a natural disaster, just as devastating as a drought or a wildfire. But the federal government is just making it worse.
Biochar Cookstoves Boost Health for People and Crops
National Geographic - 1/29/2013.
By Stacey Schultz - Fumes from traditional open-fire cookstoves kill 3.5 million people a year - more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Biochar cookstoves help counter this problem and create a soil amendment that holds carbon in the soil, improves water-holding capacity and adds nutrients. They also use less wood to cook a given amount of food. One researcher is even drying an invasive plant - water hyacinth - and burning it in biochar cookstoves.
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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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