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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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Local chefs to raise money for Portland Farmers Market
Portland Press Herald - 9/7/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Portlanders can show their farmers market some love on Sept. 29 at a major fundraiser featuring local food prepared by staff from the city's best restaurant kitchens. Tickets go on sale Friday for "Bunker Down Fest: A Fundraiser for the Portland Farmers Market."
Environmental groups call for expanded ban on BPA
Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2012.
By Matthew Stone – Augusta: A coalition of environmental and consumer safety groups called on state regulators Thursday to extend Maine’s ban on the chemical bisphenol A to packaging used for infant formula and baby and toddler foods, saying the state should do whatever it can to prevent children’s exposure to the chemical, commonly known as BPA.
Studies reveal raw truths on organic foods
Portland Press Herald - 9/6/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A study released this week casts doubt on the idea that organic foods contain more nutrients than conventional foods, but some experts and shoppers say nutrition isn't why they buy organic food. Several Mainers said Wednesday that they choose organically grown food because they want to ingest fewer pesticides and they support the more environmentally sensitive practices of organic farming.
Local food celebration MaineFare returns to Belfast on Friday
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2012.
By Tom Groening – Belfast: MaineFare, a celebration of the state’s local food, farms and eateries returns Friday, Sept. 7. Hosted by the nonprofit Maine Farmland Trust, the festival includes a farmers market, a gourmet lunch, film screenings, panel discussions on food and farming and various opportunities to eat locally grown and prepared food.
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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

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