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- George Henderson, The Farming Ladder

The Partridge Challenge
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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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!

Garth Douston and Margaret McCollough. Photo by Danielle Walczak

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Garth Douston and Margaret McCollough of Sweet Thyme Farm in Arundel. This MOFGA-certified organic farm produces vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and cut flowers, which it sells at the North Berwick and Saco farmers' markets. "Local, certified organic, friendly, diversified and ecologically minded farming is the name of our game," say the farmers. Keep up with Sweet Thyme on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

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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