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- Rebecca Solnit

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
Grass for fuel fires hope, debate
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/5/2010.
By Tux Turkel – Fallow farmland could heat schools and other buildings in Maine, if a demonstration plant in Aroostook County designed to turn grass into pellet fuel is economically successful. A joint venture led by the University of Maine has won a $1.6 million grant from the Maine Technology Institute to help build a perennial-grass pellet mill in Easton, near Presque Isle.
Spray? No way
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/5/2010.
By Tom Atwell – A movement to limit the use of synthetic pesticides on ornamental lawns and landscapes has begun to take root in Maine. A pesticides summit in Brunswick last month brought together people from inside and outside the state who have successfully instituted pesticide limits and people who are working toward such limits.
New study: A local whole foods diet is like mother like child
Treehugger - 12/5/2010.
By Sara Novak – Being a parent is tough. Even if you're vigilant, feeding finicky kids can be nearly impossible. Even if you serve local, organic, whole foods at home, one birthday party with green icing and your kids scream for more of this addictive drug. Except a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that what a woman eats during pregnancy determines a child's taste buds.
California sacrifices farm workers in favor of strawberries
Grist - 12/3/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – After a long battle, the state of California has overruled its own scientists and approved the use of the powerful neurotoxic pesticide methyl iodide on strawberries as a replacement for the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide.
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