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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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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 more opportunity 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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Innovative program would establish funding for rural areas
Kennebec Journal - 1/9/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Strong, Rockport and the Unity region will participate in a pilot program encouraging residents to pledge 5 percent of their estates to local community development funds. Maine Rural Partners, the state's federally recognized rural development council, launched the new effort Friday in a State House Cabinet Room ceremony.
Gates Foundation throws its lot with agribusiness
Grist - 1/8/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The Gates Foundation has emerged as a kind of de facto USDA for Africa: a deep-pocketed funder with a focus on agriculture, in a continent that has seen ag-research funding plunge over the past several decades. For a while, the Gates Foundation sought to avoid a reputation as a cheerleader for biotech “solutions” to Africa’s agriculture troubles. Then Bill Gates himself gave his blunt pro-biotech speech in October 2009 at the awards ceremony of the industrial-ag-friendly World Food Prize. And now the Gates Foundation has finally named a new director of agricultural development: long-time biotech exec and investor Sam Dryden.
Conservation indeed
Kennebec Journal - 1/8/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Groups representing lobstermen, farmers and sportsmen ripped apart the governor's proposal to consolidate some natural resource functions Thursday, saying it wouldn't save money and would hurt their industries.
Groups wary of merging state departments
Bangor Daily News - 1/8/2010.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: Groups representing farmers, sportsmen, commercial fishermen and loggers criticized a Baldacci administration proposal to study once again ways to improve collaboration among Maine’s natural resources agencies, dismissing it as a backdoor attempt to merge the departments.
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