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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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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
Locally grown corn could have built-in pesticide
Portland Press Herald - 7/19/2009.
Letter by Ken Horn – Did you know that the folks at Hannaford supermarkets are apparently willing to let you eat pesticide? The Maine Board of Pesticide Control has recently approved Bt sweet corn for Maine growers. This means that when Hannaford purchases local sweet corn, it may be Bt sweet corn.
State identifies toxic chemicals
Bangor Daily News - 7/18/2009.
By Meg Haskell – The Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a list of about 1,700 “chemicals of high concern”— substances that pose a significant risk to human health that also are used in manufacturing common consumer goods.
You can almost hear her say ‘cheese’
Bangor Daily News - 7/18/2009.
By Lynn Ascrizzi – For thousands of years, the milk cow has played a nurturing role in human history. Today, her universal milk is still flowing, a source of nourishment for countless people. But for Jill and David Frankenfield of Albion, their registered Jersey cow is more than a prodigious producer that gives about 4 gallons of creamy, protein-rich milk, every day. Misty May is also a beloved member of the family.
Farmers critical of food safety bill
Los Angeles Times - 7/17/2009.
Reporting from Washington -- Farming and ranching representatives appeared before a congressional panel Thursday to express concern that a major bill pending in the House could unnecessarily complicate the marketplace without improving food safety.
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