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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!

Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm
in Waldoboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm in Waldoboro. Barbara grows a variety of MOFGA-certified organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, including the raspberries shown here earlier this season. (Now the clamshell would be full!) Her products are offered at a number of local restaurants, at her farmstand on Duckpuddle Road, and at the Waldoboro and Westbrook farmers’ markets. Visit her website and her Facebook page to learn more. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Farmers’ markets open to food-stamp clients
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – As the number of Maine families receiving food stamps nears 100,000, local farmers and state officials believe they have found a way to provide nutritious food to needy people. Farmers' markets are starting to use devices similar to automated teller machines that accept the cards that replaced paper food stamps.
Everyone wins if food stamps buy farmers’ food
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.
Editorial – Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually to provide food stamps to Maine's poor. Last year, the federally funded program distributed $214 million worth of food stamps in Maine. This year, increased funding from the feds meant that in April alone, spending on food stamps jumped from $16.8 million in 2008 to $26.5 million this year.
Pesticide drift
Bangor Daily News - 5/11/2009.
Editorial – Debate over notifying neighbors of agricultural spraying centers on a fundamental question: Who has the responsibility to protect residents from potential harm? It is the residents themselves or the companies doing the spraying? So far, the state has left most of the responsibility to the residents. A bill currently under consideration in the Legislature would change that. It should be carefully considered.
EPA Bans Carbofuran Pesticide Residues on Food
Environmental News Service - 5/11/2009.
Traces of the pesticide carbofuran can no longer remain on food sold in the United States, whether domestic or imported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
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