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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!

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
How much reform does the Farm Bill really contain?
Alternet - 6/6/2012.
By Susan Prolman and Ferd Hoefner – This week, the full Senate is expected to take up the farm bill. The farm bill spends one trillion dollars over ten years and sets food and agriculture policy for our nation. The bill’s title is the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, but how much reform does it really contain?
Beer and cheese ‘r’ us: why fermentation makes us human
Grist - 6/6/2012.
By Sandor Katz – One word that repeatedly comes to the fore in my exploration and thinking about fermentation is culture. Fermentation relates to culture in many different ways, corresponding with the many layers of meaning embedded in this important word, from its literal and specific meanings in the context of microbiology to its broadest connotations.
New initiative aims to build truly local, resilient economies
Treehugger - 6/6/2012.
By Sami Grover – It seems like every other month, what has begun to feel like a tentative economic recovery once again starts feeling a whole lot less secure. Each time that happens, more and more of us realize that stability, resilience and quality of life should be our prime goals – not growth for the sake of growth.
Pushing for local food in the farm bill: an interview with Chellie Pingree
Grist - 6/6/2012.
By Enrique Gili – Does local and organic food matter more to people in Maine than it does to other Americans? It’s possible, but Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) insists that’s not why she introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act, a small but encouraging set of legislative reforms meant to accompany this year’s farm bill.
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