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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
Fishbowl Farm plans to end farmers market sales, focus on wholesale
Portland Press Herald - 9/24/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – After this season, Fishbowl Farm intends to end its retail market business. Since 2004, the Bowdoinham farm has been a popular vendor at the Portland and Brunswick farmers markets. It also operates a CSA subscription program. Once these summer markets close up shop around Thanksgiving, Fishbowl Farm intends to change its business model and focus on wholesale accounts for salad greens.
50 years after Silent Spring
Casaubon’s Book - 9/24/2012.
By Sharon Astyk – The single possible exception to the overstatement of the importance of popular books might be the claim that Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” began the environmental movement. Carson’s book hit the stores like a bomb. Most people simply had never thought about this. If a nascent environmental movement existed (it did) it all of a sudden went mainstream.
Looking for growth in Maine’s agricultural economy
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2012.
By Stephanie Welcomer – Maine’s agricultural sector has played a prominent role in the state’s economy, culture and environment for more than a century. Of Maine’s approximately 20 million acres, about 1.35 million are devoted to some aspect of farming.
Common Ground fair attracts thousands to Unity
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2012.
Unity: Thousands of people turned out over the weekend to take in the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair, enjoying the three-day event that celebrates rural life in Maine.
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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

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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