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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
In the Central Valley, organic farming is slowly taking hold
HealthyCal - 1/31/2013.
By Alexia Underwood - In the last few years, more and more growers in the Central Valley have been switching to organic farming practices - for at least a portion of their crops. Though the state doesn’t keep exact numbers on the number of farmers who have ‘gone organic,’ data collected by the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 2005-2009 indicate that the number of organic growers in the valley has steadily increased.
The End of the Farm Bill?
Other Words - 1/30/2013.
By Jim Harkness - The Farm Bill is the nation’s largest piece of agricultural legislation. It’s the usual vehicle for far-reaching programs to boost crop production, protect farmers, advance rural development, conserve energy, provide for international food aid, and, notably, run nutrition assistance programs. And it’s in limbo.
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers at a Glance, 2013 edition
USDA - 1/30/2013.
By Mary Ahearn - In 2011, beginning farms or ranches (farmers or ranchers who have operated their businesses for 10 or fewer years) accounted for 22 percent of the 2 million U.S. family farms, 10 percent of the value of agricultural production by family farms, and 11 percent of the acres operated by family farms, according to USDA’s Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). These numbers are down from 1982 figures.
Hampden man teaching newcomers art of beekeeping
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2013.
By Andrew Neff - Hampden: The man known as “the bee whisperer” is going to have to talk a little louder as he goes from the field to the classroom to teach local people all about beekeeping.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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

November 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground radio show

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

November 20 - Pollinator Health and Safety Conference

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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