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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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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
The real nitty-gritty on small farms and the food-safety bill
Grist - 12/3/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell, Tom Philpott – As recently as Monday, the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) seemed set to sail through the House and to the president's desk for rubber-stamping. But now it's stalled in the Senate yet again, due to a technical error that could well sink the legislation – and with it any prospects for food-safety reform for a generation.
Canadian firm seeks US approval for non-browning GM apple
Food Navigator USA - 12/3/2010.
By Caroline Scott-Thomas – A Canadian biotechnology firm has asked the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve a genetically modified (GM) apple that resists browning after it is sliced or bruised.
Extra Lunch Money Hidden in Child Nutrition Bill
The Atlantic - 12/3/2010.
By Jane Black – At long last, Congress has passed the child nutrition bill. Among its important achievements, it bans (some) junk food in schools, authorizes new programs to automatically enroll needy kids for free meals, and gives a small, if virtually unprecedented, boost – six cents per lunch – to the federal reimbursement rate that pays for much of what appears on students' trays.
Shrimpers build their net worth
Portland Press Herald - 12/3/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Freshly caught northern shrimp began showing up Thursday at local fishmongers, a day after the official opening of the season for the glistening pink decapods in the Gulf of Maine. Industry experts say they expect a strong year for one of the region's few growing fisheries, even though regulators have shortened the season by 44 days and limited the catch to 8.8 million pounds.
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