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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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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We have reached our $6,000 goal!

Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, we raised more than $6,000 toward our effort to help seven organic farmers offer half-price CSA shares of healthy, organic food to low-income Maine families! We are so grateful to all of you! This fundraiser runs until May 27, and donations are still welcomed.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Hard times challenge dairy farmers
Kennebec Journal - 2/15/2009.
Spencer Aitel is an organic dairy farmer in China who belongs to a cooperative that offers a set price for milk. “The reward is that prices remain stable instead of fluctuating with the commodity market,” Aitel said. “Without stable pricing, the business person can’t plan ahead effectively.”
Sow those seeds!
The New York Times - 2/15/2009.
Editorial by Verlyn Klinkenborg – In August 2004, I wrote a Rural Life editorial about the victory garden movement during World War II, noting that a national crisis had turned Americans – for a few years at least – into a nation of gardeners. Now we are in the midst of another crisis.
Growing points: Getting through winter with ‘Black Oxford’ apples
Village Soup - 2/15/2009.
By Jean English – One of the joys of this long, cold winter has been making lovely pink applesauce from the ‘Black Oxford’ fruits stored in the root cellar. The characteristic deep purple skin of this white-fleshed variety is responsible for that pink color (and probably some health benefits) in the sauce.
Horse teams vs. modern means
Bangor Daily News - 2/15/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Logging by traditional horsepower is a method that more and more small-woodlot owners are turning to. It’s efficient, it’s renewable, it’s much more gentle on the land than skidders and other machines.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing


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