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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
How I Got Hooked on Weeds – and Why You Should, Too
Mother Jones - 5/29/2013.
By Tom Philpott - When I moved to a small organic farm in 2004, I quickly got hooked on weeds (note plural). First, there would be salads of chickweed - a grassy-tasting plant that popped up just after the ground thawed in spring.
'Agritourism' Breathes New Life - and Controversy - into Maine Family Farms
Maine Public Broadcasting - 5/29/2013.
By Jennifer Mitchell - It's no secret that family farms in the U.S. continue their struggle for financial survival. But the farms that are left - along with a new crop of start up farms - are finding ways to make an old- fashioned industry pay. One idea is something called "agritourism," which describes a broad range of diversification efforts, such as "pick-your-own" operations and corn maze attractions.
We can't let Monsanto win on genetically modified food
The Guardian [UK] - 5/29/2013.
By Sadhbh Walshe - Last weekend, 2 million people around the world took to the streets to protest genetically modified food, drawing attention to its dangers and the environmental harm caused by its production.
Illegal genetically-engineered wheat has been discovered growing in an Eastern Oregon field, federal investigation underway
The Oregonian - 5/29/2013.
By Eric Mortenson - Illegal genetically-engineered wheat has been discovered growing in an Eastern Oregon field, which may cause severe marketing and export problems for one of the state's biggest crops.
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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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