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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
GMOs – The Compelling Research
Seeds of Doubt Conference - 10/6/2012.
Videos of renowned experts, including Jeffrey Smith, Don Huber and Gilles-Eric Seralini, presenting the latest research behind the detrimental effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) foods and their impact on our health and environment.
Parasitic flies to be deployed in Harpswell to kill invasive moths
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2012.
By Dylan Martin – Harpswell: Next spring, armies of parasitic flies will lay siege on the winter moth, an invasive species that threatens the town’s forests. State entomologist Charlene Donahue said this is one of the efforts the Maine Forest Service is taking to control the winter moth population, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Maine and the University of Massachusetts.
Messalonskee dam owner faces penalty for toxic spray
Kennebec Journal - 10/5/2012.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling – Oakland: The company that owns Messalonskee Dam will face a penalty from the state after an employee was caught spraying a toxic weed killer in and around the water. The amount of the herbicide Durazone sprayed Aug. 3 by an employee of Essex Hydro Associates was small, according to Maine's Board of Pesticides Control. Durazone in large amounts can cause severe effects in humans and animals.
A word on efficiency (and productivity and sustainability)
Homegrown Life - 10/4/2012.
By Bryce Oates – In reflecting on my experiences and a return to living and working on the family farm where I grew up, I am haunted by the concepts of efficiency, of productivity, of sustainability. Industrial agriculture would have you believe that “modern agriculture,” as they call it, is the only way to feed the world.
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