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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
Buying local is the best way for us to crawl out of recession
Kennebec Journal - 3/19/2010.
By Denis Thoet – Want a stimulus plan that would work for West Gardiner, for Kennebec County, for the state of Maine, and possibly for the rest of the country? Buy your stuff from companies and stores that are locally owned. Buy your food from locally owned stores and directly from farmers – or even better, grow your own.
Bigelow lab hoping tiny pays off big
Portland Press Herald - 3/17/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Willie Wilson, a senior research scientist, holds a tube containing an algae culture at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor. The laboratory has secured a grant to research the possibility of turning algae into fuel. Under a microscope, it becomes clear why scientists are so excited about its potential as a biofuel: The single-cell phytoplankton are surrounded by shimmering globules of deep gold-colored oil. It produces relatively large amounts of oil for a marine algae, but botryococcus has one flaw as an energy source.
It’s about sticking to your principles (oh, and great taste)
Portland Press Herald - 3/17/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – "Smell this," Beth George said as she opened a cardboard box and peeled back the plastic liner. I breathed in the rich, heady scent of cinnamon and instantly understood why the owner of the Spelt Right Bakery goes out of her way to source the highest quality ingredients. The cinnamon is non-irradiated and organic, like most of the bakery's ingredients.
Is goat the new cow?
Alternet - 3/16/2010.
By Sarah Newman – Goat dishes didn't go out of style among a few billion people currently inhabiting or with roots in Africa, the Middle East and South America. Goats were the first animals raised for food that were domesticated by humans 9,000 years ago. Currently, two-thirds of all red meat eaten worldwide is goat meat. But I am different. I'm a white, middle-class Angeleno and for me, the idea of eating anything goat is generally a recent phenomenon of the past decade.
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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

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