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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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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
Study: Maine codfish bigger
Bangor Daily News - 3/14/2009.
By Rich Hewitt – Cod that are spawned in Maine waters tend to stay there, and they grow larger but more slowly than their counterparts in other regions. That was one of the findings of a six-year study designed to track the movements of Atlantic cod in the Gulf of Maine and beyond.
Now is the time to prepare nests for native bees
Bangor Daily News - 3/14/2009.
By Reeser Manley – I can count on one hand the number of honeybees that we saw in Marjorie’s garden last year, while native bee species, mason bees and various bumblebees, were abundant. In June the catnip stems were in motion from dawn to dusk as bumblebees danced among the flowers. At first light we would find bumblebees sleeping on sunflower heads where they spent the chilly night dusted with golden pollen.
Probable carcinogens found in infant care products
The Washington Post - 3/13/2009.
By Lyndsey Layton – More than half the baby shampoo, lotion and other infant care products analyzed by a health advocacy group were found to contain trace amounts of two chemicals that are believed to cause cancer, the organization said yesterday.
Is that juicy peach poisonous? EWG dishes out their updated dirty dozen list
Treehugger - 3/13/2009.
By Naturally Savvy – The Dirty Dozen is back. No, we're not talking about the movie – it's the recently released, fifth edition of The Environmental Working Group's (EWG) list of the 12 conventionally grown fruits and veggies with the highest levels of pesticide residue.
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