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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

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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
Maine Fare winners named
Portland Press Herald - 9/15/2009.
A pair of amateur cooks won the chance to join respected Portland chefs Sam Hayward and Jeff Landry in their restaurant kitchens during the recent recipe contest held in conjunction with last weekend's inaugural Maine Fare event in Camden.
If JBS-Pilgrim’s deal goes through, four mega-firms will dominate the meat
Grist - 9/15/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Brazilian firm JBS – the globe’s largest beef processor – was on the verge of buying U.S. chicken giant Pilgrim’s Pride. Although the companies have since remained mum on the tie-up, rumors of an imminent deal continue to swirl.
Student grateful for work, lessons from farm project
Portland Press Herald - 9/15/2009.
Letter by Sumaya Mohamed – I live in Riverton Park and I go to Deering High School. I worked this summer at River Point in Falmouth. I was employed by the Organic Farming Project of the Center for African Heritage, learning how to grow vegetables and raise livestock. We were paid with stimulus funds administered by Goodwill Workforce Solutions.
Seaweed harvest dispute swirling
Bangor Daily News - 9/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Cobscook Bay: Chouan Strongin shoots her seaweed rake over the side of her dory, catching the tops of rockweed plants in its tines and then slicing it with the blade below. With a twist, Strongin captures the seaweed she has just cut and flips it into her boat.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

October 3 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

October 5 - Herb Blending Day

October 11 to 13 - MOFGA's Nose To Tail Pork Processing Workshop

October 14 - Mainstreaming Local Food To Institutions

October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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

November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

November 20 - Introduction to Low-Impact Forestry

November 21 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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