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- Michael Pollan

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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Monsanto's agrochemicals are poisoning Argentines, but Monsanto blames victims for misusing products
Treehugger - 10/25/2013.
By Chris Tackett - Michael Warren and Natacha Pisarenko from The Associated Press have a blockbuster piece of reporting on the dozens of ways Monsanto's chemical fertilizers and pesticides are poisoning the people of Argentina. Following that report, Monsanto responded by saying that their Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers are safe, but did call for more controls on agrochemicals. This is the same tired response you hear from manufacturers of guns or tobacco or junk food.
Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S.
Time Magazine - 10/25/2013.
By Brian Walsh - In 2008 a report from the Pew Commission laid out the many problems with factory farms in damning detail. Five years later, little has changed.
F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths
The New York Times - 10/25/2013.
By Sabrina Tavernise - The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.
Common herbicide raises frogs' risk of fungal disease, study finds
Los Angeles Times - 10/25/2013.
By Louis Sahagun - Frogs exposed to the commonly used herbicide atrazine early in life are particularly susceptible to a skin fungus linked to vanishing amphibians around the world, according to a new University of South Florida study.
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