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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
‘Cheap food’ can turn out eventually to cost a lot
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/21/2008.
Re: the line in N.L. English's review of Norm's Bar and Grill (Dec. 7) that said, "What does it matter if a lot of it came out of a can ... when it tastes good and it's cheap?" Actually, there are hidden costs of "cheap" food.
Maine Observer: Unseen guests bring food to Christmas dinner
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/21/2008.
Recently, a new friend asked me, "How many people will join you for Christmas dinner? After a brief pause, I responded, Just the family. We seldom have guests at these occasions. "But from your comments about Thanksgiving, I thought you would be having a large crowd."
From cubicle nerd to cucumber vendor: learning small scale farming in mid-life
The Oil Drum - 12/20/2008.
Guest post from Jim Dunlap (Wyoming) about his experience as a new farmer in Virginia.
SBA’s pick’s ‘analytical mind’ praised
Portland Press Herald - 12/20/2008.
President-elect Barack Obama on Friday officially named a Maine venture capitalist to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration. Karen G. Mills of Brunswick is a founding partner of the New York-based equity firm Solera Capital. She chairs Maine Gov. John Baldacci's Council on Competitiveness and the Economy. In 2006, she led the successful referendum campaign for a $50 million research and development bond. 
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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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