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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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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!

Garth Douston and Margaret McCollough. Photo by Danielle Walczak

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Garth Douston and Margaret McCollough of Sweet Thyme Farm in Arundel. This MOFGA-certified organic farm produces vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and cut flowers, which it sells at the North Berwick and Saco farmers' markets. "Local, certified organic, friendly, diversified and ecologically minded farming is the name of our game," say the farmers. Keep up with Sweet Thyme on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Catching up to the local food revolution
Other Words - 4/4/2012.
By Bill Wenzel – While farmers producing large-scale commodities such as corn, soybeans, rice, and wheat benefit from crop insurance – protecting their income after a flood or drought – and other revenue assurance programs, the small and mid-sized farmers who grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and comprise the majority of local food producers generally can't access these benefits.
Arsenic in our chicken?
The New York Times - 4/4/2012.
Op-ed by By Nicholas D. Kristof – Let’s hope you’re not reading this column while munching on a chicken sandwich. That’s because my topic today is a pair of new scientific studies suggesting that poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients of Tylenol and Benadryl, banned antibiotics and even arsenic.
Grow your own, for security and fun
Bangor Daily News - 4/3/2012.
Opinion by Nancy Oden – Since most of us don’t visit food banks and the poor are not very visible, it’s pretty easy to ignore their lack of necessary food. We’re all busy, after all. As the number of people who don’t have enough food for their families grows, some food banks have cut their hours because of high demand. They’re simply running out of food. Generous donations of food and money are not enough.
The nitrogen cycle and health
Feasta - 4/2/2012.
Nitrogen is necessary for life on earth to continue and the nitrogen cycle is one of the most important nutrient cycles in terrestrial ecosystems. However, when present in excess, nitrogen poses risks both to the environment and human health.
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