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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
The Good, The Bad, The Monopoly: GMO's
Machias Valley News Observer - 11/23/2013.
Genetically modified agriculture has been a topic for discussion since the first commercial introduction in 1996. Today, genetically modified crops have skyrocketed, particularly in the United States, and are causing huge concerns among farmers as well as consumers.
Brunswick Farmers’ Market: the root of your locavore dinner
The Bowdoin Orient - 11/22/2013.
By Frannie Gurzenda and Emily Stewart - Every Tuesday and Thursday, fifteen local food vendors set up stalls along the Mall in downtown Brunswick to sell their day’s bounty. From seasonal produce to oven-fresh baked goods, the Brunswick Farmers’ Market provides a wide variety of local Maine fare. Every week, rain or shine, food enthusiasts come flooding to sample homegrown staples such as garlic-marinated goat cheese curds and hearty Sumatra roast coffee.
Food Labeling Laws: It’s a Matter of ‘When’ Not ‘If’
Daily Ticker - 11/22/2013.
By Morgan Korn - Meats must have Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) as of Nov. 23 – 11 years after Congress approved such labeling.
The Year the Monarch Didn’t Appear
The New York Times - 11/22/2013.
By Jim Robbins - Monarchs return to Mexico late and in very low numbers. Roundup herbicide and sterilized landscapes are partly to blame. Mace Vaughan of the Xerces Society encourages rebuilding native plant communities: “If you’ve got just lawn grass, you’ve got nothing.” Supporting bees and other pollinators is part of food security, says the article.
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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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