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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 more opportunity 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
EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014
The Cornucopia Institute - 1/22/2013.
Brussels: The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops through the end of its mandate next year while it works towards an agreement with EU member states.
America Losing Corn-Sweetener Taste as Dieters Pass Up Sodas
Bloomberg - 1/22/2013.
By Alan Bjerga - Consumption of high-fructose corn syrup, used to sweeten products from Coca-Cola Co. to HJ Heinz Co. ketchup and linked to obesity, is falling in the U.S. as health-conscious consumers drink less soda. The amount of corn devoted to the sweetener this year will fall to its lowest level since 1997, according to a Jan. 15 projection by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Grants promote year-round produce sales
Mainebiz - 1/21/2013.
By Craig Idlebrook - On the kind of cold December day that usually finds farmers looking at seed catalogs and dreaming of spring, Ralph Turner is welcoming customers to his greenhouses at Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport.
Crop Production Boosted 145% in Drought Conditions with Water-Saving Membranes
Treehugger - 1/21/2013.
By Derek Markham - Alvin Smucker, an MSU AgBioResearch scientist and professor of soil biophysics, recently led the development of a subsurface water retention membrane that has been shown to increase vegetable production in dry years.
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