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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
20 foods that make you smarter
Alternet - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Ost, EcoSalon – Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber.
New spout could alter syrup industry
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2009.
Associated Press: Williamstown, Vt. — It's 2 inches tall, costs about 35 cents and looks like a tiny rocket ship. But it has big potential: Scientists at the University of Vermont who developed a new maple spout adapter say it could revolutionize the syrup industry, extending the annual harvest by weeks and boosting sap yields by up to 90 percent per tree. The tiny nylon device, which has been in development for two years and was unveiled publicly Monday, works with vacuum tubing systems used by most maple sugar producers by inhibiting the reverse flow of sap into trees that occurs when pumps are shut off or holes develop in the tubing.
Toss toxics safely
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
AUGUSTA: The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable – at no cost to homeowners.
State calls herbicide’s risk minimal; residents worry about toxicity, ‘collateral damage’ in milfoil fight
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
By Craig Crosby – The chemical the state plans to use to control milfoil in Salmon Lake can pose a risk to people, plants and animals – but when used according to guidelines, those risks are negligible. ... The state plans to use the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid – better known as 2,4-D – to control Eurasian milfoil in Kozy Cove near the Salmon Lake outlet.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

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 15 - Sagadahoc MOFGA Presents Discussion and Tasting of Lacto-fermented Vegetables

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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