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- George Henderson, The Farming Ladder

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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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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
Farm Bill expiration puts forward-thinking food policy at risk
Civil Eats - 10/3/2012.
By Ferd Hoefner – As of this week, our nation’s food and farm policy in the form of the 2008 Farm Bill has officially expired, with no workable replacement. There are many who see this as a better course of events than the passage of one of the new bills passed by the Senate and proposed in the House. Others view congressional inaction as no big deal. We beg to differ.
Land acquired over past decade could have produced food for a billion people
The Guardian [UK] - 10/3/2012.
By John Vidal – International land investors and biofuel producers have taken over land around the world that could feed nearly 1 billion people. Analysis by Oxfam of several thousand land deals completed in the last decade shows that an area eight times the size of the UK has been left idle by speculators or is being used largely to grow biofuels for US or European vehicles.
Organic farming: resilience in the time of drought
Common Dreams - 10/2/2012.
While the historic drought that has plagued the Midwest for months wreaks havoc upon many conventional farmers' soil, organic farmers are saying that organic farming is the best way forward to be resilient in the age of climate change.
How to manage a constellation
Doors of Perception - 10/1/2012.
By John Thackara – Over the last hundred years, ecosystems of the Baltic Sea have been poisoned almost to death by outputs from a multitude of industries and farming activities in the nine countries that surround it. Action plans to address elements of the problem have been launched, but progress in restoring Baltic ecosystems has been modest. What’s really needed is a way for all the stakeholders involved – municipalities, farmers associations, research institutes – to collaborate around a shared objective: bringing the sea back to life.
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