Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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Read about MOFGA staff, board members, the Fair, volunteers, MOFGA members and more!

IRA Charitable Rollover – Your Retirement Distribution

December 2, 2017 – By Chris Hamilton, MOFGA Associate Director – Many of us have spent years setting aside funds in retirement accounts. We can use these funds to support our retirement AND to support worthy causes such as MOFGA. One simple way is to list MOFGA as a beneficiary of retirement funds. Upon your death, MOFGA will receive the percentage of the funds you have specified. In the meantime, upon turning age 70-1/2, we must begin to withdraw funds from certain retirement accounts according to IRS rules. Funds withdrawn from some types of retirement accounts are subject to state and federal income tax. Failure to withdraw the required amount can result in a 50 percent penalty on the funds not withdrawn.

Eleanor Salazar – Common Ground Country Fair Coordinator

September 1, 2017 – Eleanor Salazar, our Common Ground Country Fair coordinator, grew up traveling between Washington, D.C., and her family's small cattle farm in West Virginia. She holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon. While pursuing her degree Salazar studied metalsmithing and, since 2004, has worked as a bench jeweler and jewelry designer.

Jason Tessier – Buildings and Grounds Director

June 1, 2017 – Jason Tessier, MOFGA's buildings and grounds director, previously worked for the Sheridan Corporation where he supervised and scheduled construction projects, managed employees and contractors, secured goods and services, and oversaw safety, quality control and design details. He and his family raise crops and livestock and produce maple syrup at Tessiers Farm in Skowhegan.

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