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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
Culture celebrated at Micmac farmers market
Bangor Daily News - 7/23/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Presque Isle: It was a day of cultural and natural celebration at the Micmac farmers market Saturday aimed at encouraging natives and non-natives alike to get back to their roots. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs invited the public to their farmers market on Route 1 near the Caribou and Presque Isle town line for all day basket-making demonstrations, seasonal cooking demonstrations, stories and guided tours of the band’s gardens.
Strong support shown for store selling food from local farms
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Going forward... (I love that phrase. It's so much more expressive than "going backward," or "going nowhere"). It looks like local food is "going forward" as the wave of the future in my local area. A new survey in the Gardiner area shows that 97 percent of respondents would support a local store that provided food from local farms and suppliers.
Consumers prefer organic food, survey says
Huffington Post - 7/22/2011.
A new Thomson Reuters poll [pdf] found that the majority (58%) of consumers prefer organic food to conventional food. This preference is particularly strong with those with a higher education, and those of a younger demographic. Sixty-three perfect of respondents under age 35 choose organics when possible.
Garlic plant diseases hit Maine farms
Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal - 7/21/2011.
By Betty Jespersen – Farminton: Two destructive diseases that can decimate a garlic crop and are spread through infected seeds, or cloves, has reached Maine, according to agricultural experts with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The stem-bloat nematode has been confirmed on one farm and allium white rot appeared last year and has now spread to three farms.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

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November 8-9 - Maine Harvest Festival

November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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