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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
Roberta ‘Joan’ Lipfert, 84, advocate of organic farming
Portland Press Herald - 7/10/2012.
By Melanie Creamer – Woolwich: Roberta "Joan" Lipfert was a loving wife and mother who cared deeply about her community. She was married to Donald Lipfert for nearly 62 years. Together, they became founding members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. She worked in the association's office for many years and helped organize its popular Common Ground Fair.
Brazil set to unleash genetically modified mosquitoes
Common Dreams - 7/10/2012.
Brazil is readying a plan to unleash large numbers of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever, a plan that environmentalists have previously called "dangerously misguided."
Farm camp: chores and a chicken coop
Portland Press Herald - 7/9/2012.
By Gillian Graham – Scarborough: Collecting eggs and feeding chickens is an exciting chore at farm camp. It's extra exciting when a squealing pig escapes its nearby pen, then runs in circles as farmers try to corral it back into the yard. Young campers in brightly colored rubber boots froze in their tracks Thursday as the pig ran around them, then quickly resumed their search for fresh eggs at Broadturn Farm.
Food and extreme weather: it’s the soil, stupid
Mother Jones - 7/9/2012.
By Tom Philpott – The message from the Midwest is clear: Chemical-intensive, industrial-scale farming is vulnerable to spells of hot, dry weather – some of the very conditions we can expect to become common as the climate warms.
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