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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 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
Livestock Must Be Tagged in USDA Plan to Trace Mad Cow Disease
Bloomberg - 12/20/2012.
By Stephanie Armour – Most livestock moved across state lines will have to be identified and tracked under a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that aims to rapidly trace diseased animals to their origin.
Our View: USDA acting too slowly to fix food safety rules
Portland Press Herald - 12/20/2012.
A year ago, 20 people were sickened with salmonella that was traced back to ground beef bought at Hannaford supermarkets. The trail stopped there. Because of the practices and poor record keeping at the store, no one was able to find out the source of the contamination or take steps to prevent a much bigger outbreak.
13 Resolutions to Change the Food System in 2013
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Danielle Nierenberg – As we start 2013, many people will be thinking about plans and promises to improve their diets and health. We think a broader collection of farmers, policy-makers, and eaters need new, bigger resolutions for fixing the food system – real changes with long-term impacts in fields, boardrooms, and on plates all over the world.
Fight for GMO Labeling Goes On in New Mexico
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Jacob Chamberlain – The fight for mandatory labeling of GMOs in California may have suffered a difficult blowthis November, but the fight goes on across the country, particularly this week in New Mexico.
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