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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
Common Ground Fair Begins Sept 25
Village Soup - 9/23/2009.
Sept. 25-27 the Common Ground Country Fair will take place at the home of the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association in Unity.
Court rejects genetically modified sugar beets
San Francisco Chronicle - 9/23/2009.
By Bob Egelko – The government illegally approved a genetically modified, herbicide-resistant strain of sugar beets without adequately considering the chance they will contaminate other beet crops, a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White rejected the U.S. Department of Agriculture's decision in 2005 to allow Monsanto Co. to sell the sugar beets, known as "Roundup-Ready" because they are engineered to coexist with Monsanto's Roundup herbicide.
Can plastics make us fat?
Grist - 9/23/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – That title doesn’t quite seem to capture the urgency of the issue, does it? Yet despite rampant skepticism, the data continue to pour in – chemicals in some of the most common plastics and household products, things that surround us every minute of the day, are major culprits in the obesity epidemic. At least now that fact is now getting some well-deserved attention.
Destructive party in July yields charges
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2009.
By Craig Crosby – China: More than a half dozen area men and women are facing charges in connection with a July party that destroyed part of a dairy farm's alfalfa crop. Trooper Shawn Porter of the Maine State Police has issued summonses to seven people over the past few weeks. Porter said Monday that he still has two summonses to issue. He hopes to complete the process within the next several days.
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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

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