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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!

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
Chernobyl birds have smaller brains, shorter lives
Treehugger - 2/12/2011.
By David DeFranza - Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster, new research shows that prolonged exposure to the remaining low-dose radiation has a serious impact on wildlife in the region. Birds living near Chernobyl have, on average, a brain 5 percent smaller than other birds of their species.
South Portland program helping students to grow
Portland Press Herald - 2/12/2011.
By Ann S. Kim – South Portland: A thick blanket of snow surrounded the greenhouse and covered the garden at South Portland High School, but inside, students were spinning visions of the growing season.
Good Will-Hinckley magnet school in line for funding
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 2/11/2011.
By Leslie Bridgers – Augusta: A new environmental and agricultural magnet school at Good Will-Hinckley is included in the proposed two-year budget that Gov. Paul LePage outlined Thursday. The Fairfield school could start enrolling day students in September and boarding students as early as January, said Glenn Cummings, president and executive director of Good Will-Hinckley.
NIH links pesticides to Parkinson’s
Organic Consumers - 2/11/2011.
The National Institutes of Health released research Friday that supported earlier research demonstrating a link between two pesticides and Parkinson's disease. The study showed that people who used either rotenone or paraquat are about two-and-a-half times more likely to develop Parkinson's than people who never used either pesticide.
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