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- Michael Pollan

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
Turning capitalism on its head by cooperating for sustainable food
Alternet - 4/12/2010.
By Vanessa Barrington – Innovative new ways of doing business are blossoming on both coasts. MOO Milk and Bob’s Red Mill show how food companies that serve eaters, workers, and farmers can be the wave of the future.
Maine Farmland Trust Launches New Farm Viability Program
Maine Farmland Trust - 4/12/2010.
Maine Farmland Trust has launched its new Farm Viability Program, which is designed to help farms become more successful and to help new farms get established.
Food safety in the US: we’re on red alert
Common Dreams - 4/12/2010.
By Andrew Kimbrell – The United States once had one of the safest food systems in the world, but now, 70 million Americans are sickened, 300,000 are hospitalized, and 5,000 die from food-borne illness every year. It is a sad fact: since 9/11, far more Americans have been killed, injured or hurt because of our lack of a coordinated food safety system than by terrorist acts that challenge our Homeland Security system.
Catch-sharing rules set up complicated system
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Beth Quimby – New regulations are about to fundamentally change the groundfishing industry in Maine and other New England states. Overnight many New England fishermen, known for their fierce independence in an industry famous for its gold-rush mentality, will be fishing cooperatively in groups, sharing the catch assigned to them by regulators. They will depend on each other to obey strict new limits lowering the amount of fish that may be caught for many species.
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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

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