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MOFGA and Portland Museum of Art Host Showing of “Hanna Ranch”
Thursday, November 13
6:30 to 8 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art
7 Congress Square, Portland


The Portland Museum of Art and MOFGA are collaborating again this fall to bring you the film "Hanna Ranch." This feature documentary is about visionary cattleman Kirk Hanna and his personal struggle to protect a once-prominent way of life in Colorado. Born into life on the family ranch, Hanna became a leader in the environmental ranching movement that set out to protect the West from the relentless encroachment of development and misuse. The film will be followed by a Q & A with Karl Kister, one of the executive producers of the film, and a lively panel discussion.
Film details. MOFGA and PMA members are FREE, regular admission is $8. Members can pre-register on-line and use the discount code "MOFGA" at check-out.


Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farms and Antibiotics
The New York Times - 7/23/2009.
Editorial – The Union of Concerned Scientists estimates that 70 percent of the antibiotics used in this country are fed to farm animals. These animals do not receive these drugs the way humans do – as discrete short-term doses. Agricultural antibiotics are a regular feed supplement intended to increase growth and lessen the chance of infection in crowded, industrial farms.
Madison farm avoids blight hitting tomatoes
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
By Scott Monroe – Backyard Farms, the tomato-growing business, says it has avoided a contagious plant fungus that has been destroying tomato plants throughout the Northeast in greater numbers than usual because cool, wet weather the last month and a half have supercharged rates of infection. ... Backyard Farms hasn't been affected by the fungal outbreak because its tomatoes are grown within the climate-controlled setting of a greenhouse.
Bring your waders to Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Farmers participating in Open Farm Day on Sunday said visitors should wear hip boots. Their pastures and gardens are a little soggy with all the rain this past month. "So far, we're holding up pretty well," said Denis Thoet of Long Meadow Farm in West Gardiner. "It's a little bit muddy, so we're asking people to wear appropriate footwear like hip boots. "We'll be doing some traditional music and mini tours of the farm and talk about what we're doing here."
[Central Maine] Farms participating in Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2009.
A complete list of farms in this year's Open Farm Days is available at www.getrealmaine.com.
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October 25 - Great Maine Apple Day

November 1-3 - MOFGA’s Farmer to Farmer Conference

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November 13 - Negotiation and Conflict Management Skills Workshop

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November 15 - Farm Cooperative Design Day

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