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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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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 more opportunity 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
Center for Food Safety Challenges Utah’s Ag Gag Law
Food Poisoning Bulletin - 12/21/2013.
By Linda Larsen - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is challenging Utah’s so-called “ag gag” law, which criminalizes undercover investigations of factory farms. Several states have finalized these laws, which makes it a crime to video animal abuse and cruelty while undercover. Other animal welfare groups and food safety advocates are joining CFS in challenging the law as a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Six states have these laws on the books.
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Farm Bill Conference Progress
Senator Patrick Leahy - 12/20/2013.
While the days are limited before the end of 2013, the Farm Bill Conference Committee presses on, working together in a bipartisan fashion to resolve differences and to take the steps necessary to enact a comprehensive and balanced Farm Bill.
Manure transformed into biodegradable plastic
The Western Producer - 12/19/2013.
By Ron Lyseng - University of Idaho civil engineering professor Erik Coats has developed a method for turning dairy manure into plastic – an alternative to fossil fuels and corn. Dairy manure is the easiest to work with, he says, because of its high content of carbon and electrons. Municipal waste is the most difficult because of its many constituents and because its composition may change daily.
Russell Libby’s book of poems to his wife, daughters
Portland Press Herald - 12/18/2013.
By Mary Pols - “What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm” is about the family and its land on the farm in Mount Vernon.
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