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MOFGA volunteers are featured in every issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

MOFGA Volunteer Paul Schlein

June 1, 2018 – Paul Schlein says he’s never been a joiner, but during his eight years as the public information officer for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), he came to admire and respect the work that MOFGA does – attending and commenting at every BPC meeting as well as during rulemaking for bills concerning pesticides. So he joined MOFGA and its Public Policy Committee. Since then he has worked on public policy teach-ins at the Common Ground Country Fair along with other activities of that committee.

MOFGA Volunteer Sari Lindauer

March 2018 – Empowering children to take charge of their own educational experience seems to be the overarching theme of Sari Lindauer's professional life. From her work teaching science at the Breakwater School in Portland to her co-coordinating the Youth Enterprise Zone (YEZ) at the Common Ground Country Fair, Lindauer is constantly looking for ways to help kids experience the joys of being "makers."

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.

MOFGA Volunteer Michial Russell

March 2017 – Michial Russell is many things: Father, homesteader, permaculturist and coordinator of the Agricultural Demonstrations (or Ag Demo as it is popularly known) Area of the Common Ground Country Fair. This wearer of brightly colored shirts and of a constant smile brightens things wherever he goes.

MOFGA Volunteer Earl Littlefield

December 2016

Earl Littlefield and his wife, Donna, have lived in Thorndike, across from MOFGA's red barn on Crosby Brook Road, for 38 years, and they've seen a lot of changes in that time. Donna's grandparents used to own and grow potatoes on the farm where MOFGA now sits. Today Earl and Donna own an acre around their home – and that's how their involvement with MOFGA began.