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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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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
Apples with a sense of place
Grist - 10/8/2009.
By April McGreger – One lovely evening a couple of weeks ago, I watched the documentary Food Fight in an outdoor theater in my downtown. The documentary focuses on how the 1960s counterculture – specifically the Berkeley crew of which Alice Waters was a member – led to the current sustainable agriculture boom. The documentary champions the sensual pleasures and health promotion of fresh, locally grown food, but I couldn’t help noticing one glaring omission.
Restoration harvest
The New York Times - 10/8/2009.
By Timothy Egan – Yakimia, Washington: The apples look like Christmas tree ornaments, wearing a blush of dew at first light. The grapes could have been painted on, those clusters of sweet calories in their best October color. And here and there is the smell of hops, newly freed from their climbing nets, headed for breweries bottling a taste of fall. I drove into the Yakima Valley, an edible landscape fed by water from the ice-covered volcanoes, on a day when yet another story appeared about how our food can kill you.
Product chemicals detected in Sebago Lake
Portland Press Herald - 10/8/2009.
By John Richardson – Chemicals from a pharmaceutical and other consumer products have been found for the first time in Sebago Lake, the source of the Portland area's drinking water. The trace amounts of a common pain medication, an ingredient in antibacterial soaps and a chemical that prevents carpet stains don't violate any safety standards or pose any known health threat. But the test results show that Maine's largest drinking water reservoir is not immune to an emerging concern for large water systems around the country.
We interact with 100,000+ chemicals, and the dangers are barely understood
Alternet - 10/7/2009.
By Monona Rossol – Last month, the Chemical Abstract Service, an agency that registers every new chemical as it is invented or discovered, assigned a registry number to the 50 millionth chemical. It's a landmark to be sure, but not one we're likely to look back on fondly.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

August 3 - Orchard Maintenance

August 4 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Horses

August 7 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Radio on WERU

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

August 10 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Cut Flower Primer

August 12 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming with Carnivores

August 19 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Next Steps: From Apprentice to Farmer

August 25 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Preserving the Harvest – Hands-On Food Preservation

August 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Johnny's Selected Seeds Tour

September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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