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- Michael Pollan

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 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!

Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm
in Waldoboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm in Waldoboro. Barbara grows a variety of MOFGA-certified organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, including the raspberries shown here earlier this season. (Now the clamshell would be full!) Her products are offered at a number of local restaurants, at her farmstand on Duckpuddle Road, and at the Waldoboro and Westbrook farmers’ markets. Visit her website and her Facebook page to learn more. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Lawn chemicals a growing concern in state
Kennebec Journal - 5/10/2010.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: A group of Maine "yard-scapers" are trying to convince people they don't need to put so much fertilizer and pesticide on their lawns. Gary Fish, manager of pesticide programs for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control, said more than 6.2 million pounds of yard-care pesticides were brought into Maine in 2007. This number has increased sevenfold since 1995 and coincides with an explosion in the number of of yard-care companies in the state.
Extension branches out for gardeners digging online
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/9/2010.
By Tom Atwell – The Cooperative Extension wants to reach out to gardeners who are just beginning to grow vegetables who would go online for information. "We are looking to help people, probably nontraditional extension clients," said Barbara Murphy, an extension educator who works out of the South Paris office.
$eed money
Maine Sunday Telegram - 5/9/2010.
By Ray Routhier – To Jane Wellehan, having a plant sale as a fundraiser for a public school is a no-brainer. "A lot of the school budgets have been cut hard, and it's hard to keep asking parents for money for field trips and other activities," said Wellehan. "But a plant sale is money for free. People have to give of their time, but if you're a gardener, you always have something extra, you're always dividing things up."
Specter of global catastrophe clouds joy at early Maine spring
Kennebec Journal - 5/8/2010.
Op-ed by Liz Soares – A couple of weeks ago, I noticed some feathery plants in one of my garden beds. A dim bell rang in the recesses of my mind. I’d planted carrots there in the fall, along with some lettuce and radishes. Why not, I thought at the time. It was worth a try.
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