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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
Bangor City Council considers urban chickens
Bangor Daily News - 12/24/2009.
By Eric Russell – There is a movement of fowl proportions making its way through the state. It landed on Bangor’s doorstep this week. In recent weeks, several city residents have expressed interest in raising backyard chickens. It’s a trend that has swept the state as more and more people turn to organic farming and individual sustainability.
Fowl law not fair
Portland Press Herald - 12/21/2009.
By Beth Quimby – Organic farmer Rick Stanley has been building up his poultry business at his aptly named Chick Farm in Wells with the plan of someday going big time. He started raising chickens a couple of years ago, selling them in the summer to the people who bought shares in his community-supported agriculture program. This year, he is selling the slaughtered chickens year-round to customers who show up at the farm. He is building a new brooder this winter and expanding beyond the 700 chickens he raises annually. He plans to obtain a license someday that would allow him to sell his chickens anywhere in the state.
Entrepeneurs keep the local food movement hot
BusinessWeek - 12/18/2009.
By John Tozzi – Entrepreneurs are flocking to local food, starting businesses devoted to producing and delivering food within their communities. Just as consumers focus new attention on what we eat and where it comes from, farmers, foodmakers, restaurateurs, retailers, distributors, and processors are rethinking the business models behind it.
State’s toxics efforts weighed
Kennebec Journal - 12/18/2009.
By John Richardson – Augusta: Maine's plan to be one of the first states to track and regulate toxic chemicals in toys and other children's products drew praise and criticism at a public hearing Thursday. Laura Thompson Brady, of Hallowell, was among the parents, physicians and other supporters who said it's time to make manufacturers disclose the presence of toxic chemicals in teething rings, dolls, car seats and other products.
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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

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