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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!

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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Great taste isn’t enough
Cognoscenti, WBUR - 8/2/2012.
By Kathy Gunst – Several months ago, in an interview with The New York Times, master chef Thomas Keller took a disappointing stance. “With the relatively small number of people I feed, is it really my responsibility to worry about carbon footprint? I think about quality, not geography.” Above all other considerations like sustainability, seasonality and food miles, his priority, he said, is taste.
GMO crops so tough that farmers are turning to Kevlar tires
Autoblog - 8/2/2012.
By Chris Tutor – Farming is one of the most difficult ways to earn a living. You'd think that with all the innovations mankind has developed over the centuries, we could make farmers' lives easier. But as it turns out, sometimes miracles of modern science make things tougher. Take genetically modified organisms (GMO) for instance. As it turns out, corn modified to stand tall and tough against pests is also wreaking havoc on tractor tires.
Region’s big storms likely to intensify, study finds
Portland Press Herald - 8/1/2012.
By North Cairn – Portland: It might come as no surprise in Brownville, but heavy rain and snowstorms have been getting worse in Maine for years. For more than 60 years, actually.
Don’t miss peak produce at the farmers’ market
Portland Press Herald - 8/1/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Here at the height of the summer, Maine's farmers markets present a rainbow of the freshest, tastiest fruits and vegetables. This was the view of one of the stands at the Portland Farmers Market this morning.
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