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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
Grants help food stamp users, farmers markets
Bangor Daily News - 4/12/2011.
Brunwick: Wholesome Wave recently awarded grants to five Maine nonprofits to expand the impact of its “Nourishing Neighborhoods Campaign,” and to help double the buying power of food stamp users at 11 local farmers markets. The five awardees are: Cultivating Community, $14,000; Skowhegan Farmers Market, $21,000; Down East Business Alliance, $13,000; Maine Farmland Trust, $6,100; and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, $7,000.
Coming soon, to a city near you: open-source agriculture
Grist - 4/12/2011.
By Danielle Gould – Most people attempting to build a viable urban agriculture business are acutely aware of the enormously challenging and time-consuming process of navigating zoning regulations. Which is why I got excited when I learned about Washington, D.C.-based John Reinhardt and the urban agriculture zoning and food sovereignty ordinance maps recently launched on his blog Grown in the City.
Worm … castings are the new gold
Kennebec Journal - 4/10/2011.
By Craig Crosby – Readfield: There's gold in that there poop. Maybe that's because it doesn't look like poop, smell like poop or act like poop – when it comes from a worm. That's part of the beauty Richard Reed saw in jumping into the worm casting business.
What’s new? Experts pick some beauties
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/10/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been looking out at our yard a lot this winter and early spring, mostly because it has been too cold and windy to go outside. So I have been looking forward to making the calls for the new-plants column I do about this time every year.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

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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