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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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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!

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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Is local food better? Yes, but there’s more
Common Dreams - 4/20/2009.
By Sarah DeWeerdt – In 1993, a Swedish researcher calculated that the ingredients of a typical Swedish breakfast – apple, bread, butter, cheese, coffee, cream, orange juice, sugar – traveled a distance equal to the circumference of the Earth before reaching the Scandinavian table. In 2005, a researcher in Iowa found that the milk, sugar, and strawberries that go into a carton of strawberry yogurt collectively journeyed 2,211 miles (3,558 kilometers) just to get to the processing plant.
Why we forgot how to grow food
Times of London - 4/19/2009.
By John-Paul Flintoff – Not long before Christmas, a man walked into the care home next door to his house and asked the manager if it would be possible for a group of neighbours to grow food in the vast gardens. The manager said he would be delighted. In the days that followed, the man casually asked various neighbours whether they would like to get involved. They all said yes.
Find farms while they last
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.
By Meredith Goad – For 20 years, Steve Berry wandered the back roads of New England, driving from farm to farm selling aerial photos of fields and farmhouses. Now he is on the road again, logging 60,000 miles a year to make sure the memories of those farms don't disappear. Berry, age 67 and retired from his job as a salesman for an aerial photo company, learned a few years ago that a rival company had at least 25 million aerial photos of farms squirreled away. The photos date back to the 1960s and are a visual record of the changing American rural landscape.
The lawn ranger
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/19/2009.
By Tom Atwell – The four-step fertilizer and pesticide method of treating lawns just isn't for everyone anymore. Lawns have to get greener, on both sides of the fence. Regular readers of this column know that I am not a big fan of lawns. The grass at our house serves mostly as a path to perennial and shrub gardens.
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