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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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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!

Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Climate change to worsen severe water shortages in US Southwest
Treehugger - 2/11/2011.
By Brian Merchant – We're already well aware that the American Southwest, which is naturally hot and dry, is seriously strapped for water. The situation is getting worse every day as populations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico continue unimpeded growth trends. Add in a new study that reveals climate change is going to dry out the region even further, and we're slated to see a potentially catastrophic water shortage.
Maine slaughterhouse fire ruled arson
Bangor Daily News - 2/10/2011.
By Scott Taylor – Auburn: State fire marshals ruled Tuesday that an early-morning fire at a proposed Trapp Road slaughterhouse was arson. The fire was reported a few hours after the Auburn City Council voted to allow a developer to present a controversial plan for the slaughterhouse.
LePage's Secret Puppeteers
The Portland Phoenix - 2/10/2011.
by Colin Woodward. How the governor outsourced his regulatory-reform efforts to corporate lobbyists. Instead of concentrating on removing alleged impediments to job growth, his 64-point plan amounted to a wholesale rollback of decades of environmental and product safety protections, including many measures that had no obvious benefit to Maine businesspeople, jobseekers, or the economy, and a few that were as likely as not to damage all three.
Wikileaks peak oil bombshell: Saudi Arabian reserves overstated by 40%
Climate Progress - 2/9/2011.
By Joe Romm – The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show. The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take seriously a warning from a senior Saudi government oil executive that the kingdom’s crude oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 300bn barrels – nearly 40%.
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