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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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bumblebees prefer stripes and red flowers, research suggests
BBC News - 10/11/2010.
Gardeners are being encouraged to grow striped flowers to encourage bumblebee populations, after research suggested the insects are most attracted to them. Stripes on petal veins direct bumblebees to the flower's "central landing platform" and entrance to gather nectar and pollen. Researchers also found that red flowers were also attractive to bees.
Fruit tree guru shares green thumb
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2010.
By Matthew Stone – Gardiner: Karl Richards has tried repeatedly to grow apple trees on his Whitefield property. Now “I’m at the point where I need help,” he said. “There are a lot of things that work against them, from weather to deer.” Regional School Unit 11’s adult education program responded to Richards’ call for assistance.
Industry front group gets taxpayer money to convince you to eat pesticide-laden food
Alternet - 10/9/2010.
By Jill Richardson – Would you pay for a campaign to assure consumers that pesticide residues in their fruits and vegetables pose no harm to their health? The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently awarded $180,000 in federal grant funding to an organization called the Alliance for Food and Farming for a project titled "Correcting Misconceptions about Pesticide Residues."
Rooftop garden keeps on growing
Bangor Daily News - 10/9/2010.
By Macey Hall – Bangor: Members of the Hammond Street Senior Center watched Friday as pallets of soil, compost and lumber were lifted by a truck boom onto the second-floor roof, home of the “Still Growing” Rooftop Garden. The materials were made possible by a $5,000 grant awarded to the senior center by the Changemakers community action program.
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