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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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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!

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
Drought-tolerant seeds: insurance policy for farmers or a big gamble?
Grist - 9/14/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – In January 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved the first genetically engineered drought-tolerant corn — despite minimal evidence of its actual drought tolerance. Since then, there’s been a steady stream of analysis suggesting that genetically engineering for this trait won’t give farmers much bang for their buck.
Food vendors cooking up storm for busy Common Ground Country Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/13/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – One of Maine's ultimate foodie events - the Common Ground Country Fair – is a little more than a week away, but the 49 food vendors are already gearing up for big crowds. Each year the fair attracts roughly 60,000 visitors over the course of three days.
Maine seems to take threat of EEE in stride
Portland Press Herald - 9/12/2012.
By North Cairn – Lebanon: Although both Eastern equine encephalitis and West Nile virus now have been confirmed in the small York County community of Lebanon, most residents are taking the threat in stride.
New Maine-centric cookbooks earn place in pantry
Portland Press Herald - 9/12/2012.
By Meredith Goad – It's harvest time, and this year we have a great crop of local cookbooks that go beyond the usual fare of blueberries and lobster. Most exciting is the debut cookbook from Standard Baking Co., the Portland bakery that has gotten national raves for its baguettes, croissants and sweet-but-not-too-sweet pastries.
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