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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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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!

Gregory Bertoni and Kelsey Woods


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Meet Gregory Bertoni and Kelsey Woods of A Good Start in Old Orchard Beach, a MOFGA-certified organic farm that produces seedlings. They sell at the Saco River Market. Keep up with A Good Start on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Rosemont Market plans Portland produce shop
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: Rosemont Market & Bakery plans to open a produce-only market on Commercial Street, in the former Finest Kind warehouse. The market will sell fresh produce from Maine farms and the Chelsea Produce Market outside Boston, according to John Naylor, owner of Rosemont. He said it should open sometime between mid-February and early March.
Growers using differing forms to save money
Kennebec Journal - 1/12/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Ken Ellis converted the heating in his 23 greenhouses from oil to wood pellets three years ago. The owner of Sunset Greenhouses in Fairfield said that while his consumption of pellets is still significant – 172 tons a year – his use of heating oil, which he uses only as a backup, has been dramatically reduced. "I burned 35,000 gallons of No. 2 fuel oil and that's been cut down to 9,000 gallons," Ellis said. "My total fuel bill is below half."
Find the farmers who’ve disappeared
Portland Press Herald - 1/12/2012.
Letter to the editor by Heather Retberg – People from across Maine who are interested in farming and food are gathering in Augusta this week for the agricultural trades show. You will find many trade groups and chemical companies amid the bustle. You won't find the thousands of disappeared farmers who gave up farming when they just couldn't add one more hot water line into the barn, or the concrete floor under the bulk tank, or separate facilities dedicated to one enterprise.
Honeybee deaths linked to seed insecticide exposure
Science Daily - 1/12/2012.
Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields.
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