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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Join the Conversation About MOFGA's Future Work

Thank you to all who have joined us so far in talking about MOFGA's Vision, Values and Mission. There's still plenty of work ahead, and there are a couple of opportunities for all of you to join the conversation. Visit the MOFGA Strategic Planning web page to see how you can get involved!

Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles
Grist - 6/29/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – The “farmer assurance provision,” an appropriations amendment approved by the agriculture committee, would allow U.S. farmers to plant and grow GMO crops before they’ve been deemed safe. Or, more accurately, if it passes, farmers will be able to plant these crops while legal battles ensue over their safety.
WTO not so COOL: rules against popular US meat labeling law
PRWatch - 6/29/2012.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a final ruling today against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling (COOL) law. This popular pro-consumer policy, which informs shoppers where meat and other foods were raised or grown, enjoys the support of 93% of Americans, according to a 2010 Consumers Union poll. Now Congress must gut or change the law to avoid the application of punitive trade sanctions.
“Farmland Forever” preserves fertile land on Route 15
Castine Patriot - 6/28/2012.
By Anne Berleant – The idea of keeping farmland for farming began in 1985, when the Maine State Legislature passed the Agricultural Viability Act. They were worried that Maine was losing farms and farmland to development and importing a high proportion of its food, Paul Birdsall explained in a recent interview.
Farmland prices sow riches, worry
Portland Press Herald - 6/28/2012.
Minneapolis – Mick Schmiesing is ready to make a play for 80 acres of soil in Blue Earth County, Minn. Bidding starts at $5,000 an acre. The bids climb much higher, past the county record set just a month earlier. After a few tense minutes, Schmiesing wins out with an offer of $8,375 an acre. He looks a bit stunned – he just spent $670,000.
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