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

Meet MOFGA Volunteer Dusty Dowse

September 1, 2020

Harold “Dusty” Dowse likes to share his vast knowledge in a variety of areas, as his authorship or co-authorship of over 50 papers in the natural sciences and his 40-year tenure at the University of Maine in Orono prove. These days he spends his time running his own bakery, Lammastide Bakers, in Cambridge, Maine; serving on the Common Ground Country Fair steering committee; and benefiting the Maine Grain Alliance as its education director and directing the Maine Artisan Bread Fair. For Common Ground, he is an area coordinator for bread baking, where 18 loaves at a time bake in a wood-fired oven bought with a grant from the Quimby Foundation and built by Maine Wood Heat. Fair volunteers enjoy the bread during the three meals per day served to them in the Common Kitchen.

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Meet MOFGA Volunteer Rose Whitehead

June 2020

If ever there was a shining example of living gently on the earth, Rose Whitehead is it. From her recumbent tricycle to her off-grid house, she definitely is walking the talk in this community of both die-hard, back-to-the-land, aging hippies and younger folks who embrace the organic farming and homesteading lifestyle. Whitehead sees MOFGA as the “yes” in a world with too many “no to this, no to that” attitudes. She says, “We should say ‘yes’ to the future because that feeds our energy rather than drains it as we do this work.”

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Meet MOFGA Volunteer Tim Libby

March 2020

Tim Libby spends most of his time in the woods: from the off-the-grid cabin he calls home in Union, Maine, to the thousands of acres of protected land he stewards as the forest and facilities manager at Midcoast Conservancy in Edgecomb. Most days he can be found at the conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Libby credits his professional role in the woods to MOFGA’s Low-Impact Forestry (LIF) program. “Without my involvement with MOFGA, I wouldn’t be doing the work I’m doing today.” His experience gained with LIF, he feels, makes him a suitable caretaker for Midcoast Conservancy.

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Meet MOFGA Volunteer Sam May

December 2019

May’s involvement with MOFGA began soon after his return to Maine in 2011, but the roots of his involvement go back to 1981 to 1983, when he lived and worked at Mary and Tony Bok’s farm in Camden – where now-Congresswoman Chellie Pingree had been MOFGA’s first farm apprentice. He has been attending the Common Ground Country Fair since it was in Litchfield. Given his interest in the agricultural scene here, MOFGA invited him to join its board. He currently serves on its executive, finance and fundraising committees.

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Meet MOFGA Volunteer Logan Johnston

September 2019

Logan Johnston is a farmer, former book publisher, musician and, most importantly to him, he is civically engaged. The many hats he wears or has worn in his hometown of Gardiner speaks to that commitment to his community. Johnston and his wife, Phyllis Gardiner, run Oaklands Farm, currently a commercial cow-calf operation on land that has been in Gardiner’s family since the 1750s. In 1990, when the family dairy closed, they were tasked with planning the future of the farm.

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