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"All my life, I have been driven by one dream, one goal, one vision: To overthrow a farm labor system in this nation which treats farm workers as if they were not important human beings."
- César Estrada Chávez

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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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!

The Quincannon family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bryan and Ali Quincannon and their family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro. Eden Acres grows over 30 varieties of unique and flavorful heirloom apples that are ready to pick beginning in August and continuing through mid-November. "Using beneficial, living organisms is at the heart of my approach in creating a healthy system for healthy trees to thrive and produce healthy apples," says Bryan. Keep up with Eden Acres on their website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Maine bureau can fill crack in federal chemical policy on BPA
Kennebec Journal - 9/13/2010.
Op-ed by Hannah M. Pingree – Many of the 1.5 million people who were diagnosed with cancer last year would probably say they did everything right – they never smoked, they ate well and they exercised. With some forms of cancers on the rise, especially among children, even as our awareness of healthy lifestyle choices improves, we need to ask ourselves a tough question: What are the hidden causes of illness that we have ignored?
Grant puts produce on table for students
Portland Press Herald - 9/13/2010.
By Scott Monroe – Pittsfield: It's just after 8 a.m. at Warsaw Middle School as teacher Richard Woodbury shuffles around the classroom, holding out a tray filled with cups of red cherry tomatoes. That was Wednesday, one of two days each week when a new program exposes students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Industry has sway over food safety system: study
Reuters - 9/13/2010.
By Christopher Doering – The food industry is jeopardizing U.S. public health by withholding information from food safety investigators or pressuring regulators to withdraw or alter policy designed to protect consumers, said a survey of government scientists and inspectors.
The good food evolution
Common Dreams - 9/13/2010.
By Grace Lee Boggs – Most Americans still believe we have no alternative to the food produced by agribusinesses who care as little about our health as they do about the health of the chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs, so tightly packed in pens and cages on factory farms that the floor is scarcely visible, and where visible, is covered with excrement. Fortunately, another healthier agriculture has been emerging in the last few decades.
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