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New MOFGA Mission Statement

March 1, 2017

At its annual meeting on January 10, the MOFGA membership voted to change the association's mission statement.

Condolences – Spring 2017

March 1, 2017

Condolences to the families and friends of …

Albert Pearce Putnam, Jr., who died at his Fiddlehead Farm home in New Limerick on December 31, 2016.

Arthur Whitman, who died this winter. Arthur served as executive director of MOFGA from 1980 to 1982.

Maine environmental journalist Phyllis Austin

Kathy Ozer, the long-time executive director of the National Family Farm Coalition

Congratulations – March 2017

March 1, 2017

Heather and Tyler Omand. Heather is MOFGA's organic marketing and business coordinator.

Annie Watson and Mike Moody of Sheepscot Valley Farm in Whitefield

Heather Albert-Knopp and Erich Reed. Heather is a past president and past board member of MOFGA.

Gary Lawless, who coordinates the Social and Political Action Area at the Common Ground Country Fair

MOFGA Staff Changes – Spring 2017

March 1, 2017

Jake Galle has left his position as fulltime inspector with MOFGA Certification Services LLC (MCS) in order to spend more time on his farm. We are grateful that he will remain involved with MCS as a subcontracted inspector.

Katy Green, who has been MOFGA's organic transitions coordinator, has transitioned, herself – to fill the position of inspector and material reviewer for MOFGA Certification Services LLC. Green has a degree in ecology and environmental sciences from UMaine, where she worked at the university's Rogers Farm. She then worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension before moving back to Maine and joining MOFGA several years ago.

Investing in Each Other: Maine Businesses Give to MOFGA in 2016

March 1, 2017

By Sam Vail, MOFGA Development Associate

In 2016 Maine companies that have built brands around local ethics extended their business philosophy into their philanthropy. Companies all over the state donated to MOFGA in 2016, including Allagash Brewing Company in Portland, Split Rock Distilling in Newcastle, Coffee by Design in Freeport and Flatbread Company in Portland.