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This unique program of MOFGA and Unity College in Unity, Maine, offers a thorough introduction to sustainable agriculture in theory and practice.

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Farmland is often too expensive for young farmers to afford. Land that is affordable is often too far from markets. Three young farmers spoke at the 2005 Farmer to Farmer Conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, about how they managed to get into farming.

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The new Unity College/Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Sustainable Agriculture Program offers a thorough introduction to sustainable agriculture in theory and practice.

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Eric Gallandt at the 2002 Rogers Farm Field DayKristan Doolan says that she, along with her husband George van Vlaanderen, attended the University of Maine’s graduate school program in sustainable agriculture because they wanted to be farmers. Kristan and George, who operate Doe’s Leap goat dairy near East Fairfield, Vermont, are somewhat unusual among graduates of the University’s graduate program, most of whom take up careers in other aspects of agriculture, but they are not unique when it comes to the University’s larger undergraduate program in sustainable agriculture.

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Kate Cook, who farms with her husband and five children in Aroostook County, made a great suggestion at MOFGA’s annual meeting in January: How about a farm-to-farm exchange program for our kids?

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