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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
Oxfam: World's Largest Food Companies Creating Legacy of Destruction
Common Dreams - 2/26/2013.
By Jon Queally - The world's largest food and beverage companies may be profitable, but according to Oxfam International their practices are helping to destroy not only the natural resources that support a global food system but the lives of the people they depend on most: their employees and their customers.
Breast cancer and the environment: Women's exposures early in life could unlock mysteries
Environmental Health News - 2/26/2013.
By Lindsey Konkel - Deep in a laboratory freezer, 100,000 vials of blood have been frozen for the better part of five decades. Scientists say these vials could help them unravel one of the most enduring medical mysteries: Why do some women, with no family history, develop breast cancer?
Charts: World's GMO Crop Fields Could Cover the US 1.5 Times Over
Mother Jones - 2/26/2013.
By Jaeah Lee - Despite persisting concerns over genetically modified crops, a new industry report shows that GMO farming is taking off around the world. In 2012, GMO crops grew on about 420 million acres of land in 28 countries worldwide, a record high.
Mass. man has new idea for expired food
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2013.
Associated Press - Doug Rauch, former president of the Trader Joe’s grocery chain, wants to open a store in Dorchester, Mass., to sell food past its sell-by date at discount rates, to help feed low-income families. One study says the average grocery store discards $2,300 worth of out-of-date food daily.
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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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