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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 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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
And now organic food is healthier: French study against UK’s
GreenPlanet.net - 9/15/2009.
The French food agency AFSSA challenges UK's FSA, concluding in a new study that organic fruit and vegetable have higher nutritional benefits than conventional food.
USDA’s $65 million drop in the bucket
Grist - 9/15/2009.
By Tom Philpott – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is so fired up about local food economies that it’s coughing up $65 million for a new program called “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” My first reaction: $65 million?! That’s all?!
Mainer writes book on edible mushrooms
Kennebec Journal - 9/14/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Washington, Maine: David Spahr stooped near a tiny pine tree and brushed aside its delicate boughs. Hidden underneath was a patch of yellow trumpet-shaped chanterelle mushrooms. Spahr's knowledge of edible mushrooms, where to find them and what to avoid recently become a book, "Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada."
Wine, spirit makers say Maine brand a plus
Bangor Daily News - 9/14/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Camden: Maine wine and spirit makers face an uphill battle to win market share, but they are welcoming the challenge. C.C. Peet of Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, Steve Linne of Blacksmiths Winery in South Casco, Bob Bartlett of Bartlett’s Winery in Gouldsboro and Bob Harkins of Cold River Vodka in Freeport detailed the challenges of the wine and spirit business during a panel discussion Saturday at the fourth annual Maine Fare celebration.
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