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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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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We have reached our $6,000 goal!

Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, we raised more than $6,000 toward our effort to help seven organic farmers offer half-price CSA shares of healthy, organic food to low-income Maine families! We are so grateful to all of you! This fundraiser runs until May 27, and donations are still welcomed.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Feds demand more shellfish oversight
Bangor Daily News - 5/8/2009.
By Mal Leary – Under threat from federal officials to ban the sale of Maine shellfish outside of the state, Maine budget writers are considering adding at least three new positions to the Department of Marine Resources to monitor the state’s shellfish industry. “We have been told, that in the eyes of the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] we need at least four positions to assure the public’s safety,” said Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Trenton, who co-chairs the Marine Resources Committee.
Politics of the plate: organic isn’t dead yet
Gourmet - 5/7/2009.
By Barry Estabrook – ... Neilsen’s research actually said that in March of this year, the organics market’s growth had slowed to a rate of one percent a month. If that rate continues, organic sales will actually rise by 12 percent this year. Well shy of the boom years’ 20 percent, but at a time when overall grocery sales are flat, double-digit increases are far from being a “dive.”
Vavo would be proud; we can make gardens anywhere
Kennebec Journal - 5/7/2009.
By Liz Soares – The photograph shows my maternal grandfather standing in his garden in Tiverton, R.I., in 1960. "Vavo" is wearing a flat cap, overalls and a cardigan sweater, and proudly holding a box of strawberries.
Standish school grows produce, puts it on lunch menu
WMTW.com - 5/6/2009.
Some Bonny Eagle Middle School students get to eat healthy Thursday courtesy a local farm and its owner's commitment to promote healthy, organic foods. The school's lunch menu Thursday includes fresh vegetables picked Wednesday from gardens on the school grounds.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

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