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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
Make memories with cranberry chutney
Bangor Daily News - 11/21/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – I like plain homemade cranberry sauce just fine – cranberries and sugar, that’s all. I also like cranberry chutney, and someday when we don’t have our dear friend to spend the holiday with anymore, I might just put cranberry chutney on the table, too. When I do I will use this recipe from two other beloved friends because I can make it ahead, and even can it.
8 steps Obama could take to save food
Alternet - 11/20/2009.
By Robyn O'Brien – The landscape of health has changed. No longer are our families guaranteed a healthy livelihood, not in the face of the current rates of cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimers and allergies. In the words of Elizabeth Warren, Harvard University law professor who is head of the Congressional Oversight Panel, "We need a new model," and we need a new food system. It's our health on the line. Here’s eight steps Obama could take to save food.
6 ways agriculture impacts global warming
Treehugger - 11/19/2009.
By Collin Dunn – Sure, agriculture provides us with the food we all eat every day. But do you know how those agricultural practices impact global warming? Turns out there's some pretty big impacts, on both the sustainable and industrial sides of the equation; employing sustainable practices, like organic agriculture, has huge potential to help in the fight against global warming, and maintaining the status quo with widespread industrial agricultural practices will continue to be terribly detrimental for the climate.
Old school could become biodiesel site
Kennebec Journal - 11/19/2009.
By Betty Jespersen – Wilton: A local family with deep roots in the fiddleheads market is interested in expanding into biodiesel fuel production. The family that has owned the W.S. Wells & Son cannery since 1896 is eyeing a town-owned building to expand its operation.
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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

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

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