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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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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
Less tasty—and not as good for you
Grist - 1/27/2009.
New study from HortScience documents lower levels of nutrients than fifty years ago in many vegetables.
A low-tech treatment for bee plague
The New York Times - 1/27/2009.
As I climbed the final slope, I could see that two of the hilltop hives were already thrumming with activity: bees lifted off from the entry holes, catching the light and rising like sparks on a wind; and bees spiraled in for a landing, returning already from their first outings. The third hive, however, was conspicuously quiet — its entrance a small dark hole offering no sign of life. Colony Collapse, I thought: The bee plague.
$40,000 grant to benefit grain project
Bangor Daily News - 1/27/2009.
SKOWHEGAN, Maine - A $40,000 grant will help a local group expand local grain production, building on a gristmill plan already in action with the recent purchase of the former Somerset County Jail. Heart of Maine Resource Conservation and Development in Bangor, and the Kneading Conference in the Skowhegan area have been awarded the grant funding from the Maine Community Foundation.
EPA releases new report on toxins in sewage sludge
Organic Consumers - 1/26/2009.
What's the downside to clean water? Dirty sludge. A nationwide survey of sewage treatment plants shows that the sludge they produce – the residue from cleaning up wastewater – contains a wide variety of toxic metals, pharmaceuticals, flame retardants, and other compounds, including some antibiotics in surprisingly high concentrations.
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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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