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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
Beyond red lists: the power of community-supported fisheries
Grist - 7/9/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – As I see it, seafood lists — like many food labels — have a clear, useful function. For the majority of the population, learning that a product is, say, certified organic or certified humane is an important first step.
Graf farm becomes part of land trust
Kennebec Journal - 7/8/2012.
By Susan M. Cover – Fayette: The farming way of life has been good to Berndt and Elaine Graf. On Saturday, as 50 people gathered at the Fayette Baptist Church the couple talked about their decision to work with the Kennebec Land Trust to put their 256-acre dairy farm into a conservation easement.
After all that rain, you say ‘tomato’, I say ‘I hope so’
Maine Sunday Telegram - 7/8/2012.
By Tom Atwell – This might be a tough year for tomatoes – for me and everyone else. It rained in Portland more than tomatoes like -- 8.6 inches according to the National Weather Service, and more than 10 inches according to my rain gauge.
Shocking health effects of commonly used pesticide
Alternet - 7/7/2012.
By Martha Rosenberg – Research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has presented new evidence of the ability of endocrine disruptors--in this case the pesticide, chlorpyrifos – to harm developing fetuses. Janette Sherman, a pesticide expert and toxicologist, has studied the effects of chlorpyrifos (found in Dow's pesticide Dursban) for many years and spoke with AlterNet about what her research has revealed.
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