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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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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!

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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Honeybees ‘entomb’ hives to protect against pesticides, say scientists
The Guardian [UK] - 4/5/2011.
By Fiona Harvey – Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a prominent bee expert.
The American diet in one chart, with lots of fats and sugars
Grist - 4/5/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Over on Civil Eats, Andrea Jezovit has put together a terrific interactive chart on the U.S. diet. Using USDA data for "average daily calories available per capita, adjusted for spoilage and waste," it tracks our eating habits since 1970, separating our foodstuffs into basic categories: grains, dairy, vegetables, fruits, proteins ("meat, eggs, and nuts"), added sugars, and added fats.
Maple syrup has 54 beneficial compounds – and a whole lot of sugar
Treehugger - 4/4/2011.
By Lloyd Alter – We Canadians love our maple syrup and have been making it for a long time, but in the end, I would have said that, like the argument over real sugar vs high fructose corn syrup, it's all just another kind of sugar and no good for you. Then Discovery News tells us to Pour on the Syrup – it's good for you.
Farming in Whitcomb’s blood
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: Where Walt Whitcomb comes from, people know what it means when the cows are out. Although the area has lost some of its farming character over the years, there's still a neighborly spirit when it comes to spying stray livestock, he said.
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