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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
Computers aid comeback of co-ops
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2010.
By Valerie Tucker – Farmington: Food co-ops never died. They just simmered on the back burner, waiting for a revival of the 1960s' and 1970s' enthusiasm for whole foods and healthy eating. Renewed awareness of the importance of safe, local food sources brought the movement out of quasi-retirement, but today's food co-op members have something their parents didn't: computers.
Sow early: Many farmers betting warm weather is here to stay
Portland Press Herald - 4/25/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Cape Elizabeth: Normally, Bill Bamford plants peas at Maxwell Farm in Cape Elizabeth around mid-April. This year he put the peas in March 19 and the corn a week later, the earliest he has ever planted in his 35 years of farming. "It is a big gamble at this point, because the rule of thumb is you can get a frost almost to Memorial Day," said Bamford.
It’s a plot!
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/25/2010.
By Tom Atwell – A couple of new events are designed to get you out looking at plants – and maybe even buying a few. The Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day is being held Saturday at greenhouses and garden centers all across the state. It was created over coffee during the Maine Agriculture Show in Augusta in January.
Documentary opened eyes to nation’s food processing
Kennebec Journal - 4/25/2010.
Letter to editor by Brandi Wheeler – Now that summer is fast approaching, it is the season for fresh vegetables from our local farmers. I just watched the documentary "Food, Inc." based on Eric Schlosser's book, "Fast Food Nation" and Michael Pollan's, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," and had my eyes opened as to the way food is grown and processed in this country.
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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

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November 21-22 - Chainsaw Safety Course

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