Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

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Read about MOFGA staff, board members, the Fair, volunteers, MOFGA members and more!

Condolences – Winter 2017

December 2017 – Condolences to the family and friends of …

Dennis King, 75, a scientist, ecological farmer, iconoclast, a “pioneer” MOFGA farmer and an innovator who turned King Hill Farm in Penobscot into a green gem on the landscape.

Herbert William “Sam” Birch, 84, of Coopers Mills

Frederick M. Davis Sr. of Turner

Robert Cullen Stuart, who died in June in an accident.

Genio Bertin, Sara Faull and the Mandala Farm family for the loss of their Norwegian Fjord horse, Fyorgyn, who died of natural causes Sunday evening at this year's Common Ground Country Fair.

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 Funds withdrawn from some types of retirement accounts are subject to state and federal income tax. Failure to withdraw the required amount can result in a 50 percent penalty on the funds not withdrawn.

MOFGA Volunteer Josiah Orm Hansen

September 2017 – Folks of a certain age often say, "Oh, if only we had some young volunteers in this organization." MOFGA has always been lucky in that regard, and the organization is one of the main reasons the average age of farmers has fallen in Maine – the only state with that distinction. Josiah Orm Hansen is a great example of that youth involvement in MOFGA and in rural Maine communities.

Meet Eleanor Salazar – MOFGA 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.