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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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
A raw deal for milk?
Bangor Daily News - 5/4/2012.
Editorial – Small farmers in Maine are closely watching a legal case headed for Hancock County Superior Court in Ellsworth. The state is suing a Blue Hill farmer to stop him from selling unpasteurized milk. The case could test the legality of dozens of small farming operations in the county and the scope of local marketing of organic food.
Time to stop worrying and learn to love industrial agriculture?
Mother Jones - 5/3/2012.
By Tom Philpott – Like a good buffet, Nature's recent meta-analysis comparing the productivity of industrial and organic agriculture offered something for every taste. For enthusiasts of large-scale, chemical-intensive agriculture, there was this headline finding: Yields on organic farming – the amount of crop produced per acre – are on average 25 percent lower than those of industrial farming.
New breed of Maine farmers say survival depends on optimism, ingenuity
The Forecaster - 5/2/2012.
By David Harry – Freeport: Ralph and Lisa Turner have owned Laughing Stock Farm on Wardtown Road since 1984, and have sold their produce commercially since 1998. Less than half a mile away, husband and wife Steve Burger and Sarah Wiederkehr have managed Winter Hill Farm for less than a year, and have expanded the operation from raising Randall cattle to include vegetables, eggs and pigs.
Cold opening day
Kennebec Journal - 5/2/2012.
Six-month-old Charlotte Smith yawns as her mother Sarah Smith fills a bag of parsnips for a customer at the Grassland Organic Farm booth on the first day of the summer market season at the Farmers Market at Mill Park in Augusta. The temperature was around 40 degrees on the first day of summer hours, which run from 2 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
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