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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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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!

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
Bass Park to host Maine food show
Bangor Daily News - 1/8/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Bangor: Bass Park officials are hoping to cash in on the national groundswell of consumer preference for local foods when they host a Maine food and beverage show next fall. “There has never been anything like this before,” Bass Park Director Michael Dyer said Friday. He said food shows have been held in southern Maine, but they were not exclusive to Maine-made products.
Lots of work goes into planning for small-farm produce yield
Kennebec Journal - 1/7/2011.
By Denis Thoet – To borrow from the sage Yogi Berra (again), “Farming is 90 percent mental and 50 percent physical.” Luckily, the mental part – crop planning – occurs mostly in cold weather, and the physical labor mostly in warm weather. So it all adds up to 100 percent. Trust me.
Agriculture’s opportunity
Bangor Daily News - 1/7/2011.
Editorial – In the midst of all the bad news about the U.S. economy, there is one bright spot: Agricultural exports continue to be greater than imports. It’s a rare segment of the economy in which the U.S. has a trade surplus. This suggests a potential for Maine to broaden a sector of its export business.
It’s bug vs. bug in hemlock war
Portland Press Herald - 1/7/2011.
AP – Concord, N.H.: For nearly 60 years, scientists have watched helplessly as a war of bug vs. hemlock has played out from Georgia to Maine. Now, they've got a new weapon in their arsenal – another bug – and say the tide is turning, at least in New England.
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