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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!

Gregory Bertoni and Kelsey Woods


Know Your Organic Producers!


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
BPA in the womb shows link to kids’ behavior
Science News - 10/6/2009.
By Janet Raloff – Researchers have just linked prenatal exposure to bisphenol-A – a near-ubiquitous industrial chemical – with subtle, gender-specific alterations in behavior among two year olds. Girls whose mothers had encountered the most BPA early in pregnancy tended to become somewhat more aggressive than normal, boys became more anxious and withdrawn.
Green buildings open doors for tour
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2009.
By Jessica Bloch – Orland: Rufus Wanning led the way to his raspberry garden alongside the Orland River on Saturday, proudly pointing to two large solar panels positioned at a 45-degree angle. Even as the rain poured down, the system was generating electricity. Wanning was one of thousands of homeowners and companies in 10 Northeastern states that opened their doors Saturday for the annual Green Buildings Open House, the largest sustainable energy event in the Northeast.
Food aid program updated
Bangor Daily News - 10/5/2009.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: Thousands of young children from low-income families, along with expectant mothers in Maine who participate in a federal food assistance program, soon will have new, more healthful menus. On Oct. 1, the list of foods offered through the federal Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program, commonly known as WIC, received a long-awaited update to reflect the latest dietary recommendations.
Hannaford’s gives grant for organic training
Portland Press Herald - 10/5/2009.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: Hannaford Supermarkets has awarded an $8,000 grant to the Center for African Heritage to improve its organic farming training program. The grant will allow the center to formalize the process of recruiting employers, placing program graduates in long-term jobs and tracking their progress over time, said Dawud Ummah, the center's president.
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