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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 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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Frosts made slim pickings of apple crop
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Lynne Tuohy – Concord, N.H.: The answering machine message at Spiller Farms in Wells, Maine, cuts to the chase: "May 11 froze our apple crop." While many apple growers across the nation are enjoying an earlier-than-usual harvest, many in New England and parts of the Upper Midwest are reeling from the effects of two hard frosts in May.
Maine gardener: Surplus good
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Maine's vegetable gardeners have been uncommonly generous this year. Donations to the Plant-a-Row for the Hungry program are up for sure in Cumberland and Oxford counties and probably around the state – people are too busy in the gardens to get exact statistics.
Small farms plant seeds of many benefits
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/19/2010.
Op-ed by Charles Lawton – 'Why," a reader asked, "did you leave farming out of the mix?" He was referring to my recent efforts to highlight the importance of self-employed, sole proprietors in the overall picture of the Maine economy. He's right, of course. Farms, small and large, are a critical part of Maine's overall jobs picture.
FDA rules won’t require labeling of genetically modified salmon
The Washington Post - 9/18/2010.
By Lyndsey Layton – As the Food and Drug Administration considers whether to approve genetically modified salmon, one thing seems certain: Shoppers staring at fillets in the seafood department will find it tough to pick out the conventional fish from the one created with genes from another species.
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