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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
Let chickens come home to roost
Portland Press Herald - 2/16/2009.
By Tom Bell - The growing popularity of poultry has caused local governments to change zoning ordinances to allow chickens in backyards. The ordinances typically ban roosters – which are not necessary for egg production – and contain requirements that hens be kept in a coop that has a fenced-in chicken run.
Could America be facing a large-scale food crisis?
Portland Press Herald - 2/16/2009.
By Leigh Donaldson – According to [Wes] Jackson, industrialized agricultural policies have helped to destroy productive farmlands for more than 50 years. He adds that we think food will always be there as long as we have the money to buy it. But, if we keep messing around with the land and the people who work it, the food supply will decline.
Farms without toads: the canary banished from the coal mine
Organic Consumers - 2/16/2009.
By Jack Bradigan Spula, Northeast Organic Farming Association – Farming is nothing if not a set of relationships with living things, and the usual list of intimacies include the farmer and her cow, the farmer and her chicken, and so on. But who ever thinks of the farmer and her toad?
Dangerous food
The New York Times - 2/16/2009.
Editorial – The more investigators look into the latest food-safety scandal involving the Peanut Corporation of America, the worse it gets.
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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

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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