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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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 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
Banned from the barn
The New York Times - 7/5/2011.
By Mark Bittman – Iowa’s ag-gag law failed to pass before summer recess last week: a good thing. The ridiculous proposition, which died along with similar ones in Minnesota, Florida and New York, would have made it illegal to videotape or photograph in the agricultural facilities that house almost all of our chickens and pigs.
Congress moves to cut screening for food E. coli
Portland Press Herald - 7/4/2011.
By Monica Eng – Congress is moving to eliminate the only national program that regularly screens U.S. fruits and vegetables for the type of E. coli that recently caused a deadly outbreak in Germany. The House last month approved a bill that would end funding for the 10-year-old Microbiological Data Program, which annually tests about 15,000 samples of vulnerable produce.
Efforts to bring back the great American chestnut raise hopes
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/3/2011.
By Tom Atwell – The American chestnut once dominated the forests of the eastern United States. The trees would live for more than 100 years and grow about 200 feet high. It's also the tree wiped out by a blight that arrived in America from China in 1903.
Potato growers who suffered crop losses get federal assistance
Bangor Daily News - 7/2/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Potato growers who saw their crops damaged or destroyed when three tornadoes whipped through Aroostook County early last month will receive support from the federal government. The Farm Services Agency at USDA has approved a $400,000 grant through its Emergency Conservation Program to help farmers who suffered crop damage during recent storms.
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