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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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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 ‘hole’ truth about planting trees and shrubs
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/13/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Planting a tree or a shrub in your yard should be easy. You dig a hole in the ground, put the plant in the hole, put the soil back in the hole, water it and then walk away. And while all of this is accurate, it does leave out some information. How deep should you dig the hole? How wide? What should you do to the plant's roots? Should you add anything to the soil? Do you stake the plant?
Chef talks nutrition with Pittsfield students
Bangor Daily News - 3/11/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Pittsfield: Most people would throw away food that has turned purple or lime green, but in the case of cauliflower it’s a change for the better, according to a presentation by an executive chef Thursday at Warsaw Middle School. That didn’t stop noses from wrinkling, heads from shaking and a few audible groans.
Debunking the stubborn myth that only industrial ag can ‘feed the world’
Grist - 3/10/2011.
By Tom Philpott – I've written about it once already, but I want to return to The Economist's recent special series about how industrial agriculture is the true and only way to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the world by 2050. The framing, I think, is extremely interesting.
Decline of honeybees now a global phenomenon, says United Nations
The Independent - 3/10/2011.
By Michael McCarthy – The mysterious collapse of honey-bee colonies is becoming a global phenomenon, scientists working for the United Nations have revealed. Declines in managed bee colonies, seen increasingly in Europe and the US in the past decade, are also now being observed in China and Japan and there are the first signs of African collapses from Egypt.
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