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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!

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
Produce supplier going out of business
Portland Press Herald - 2/9/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Scarborough: Market Fresh Produce, based on Pleasant Hill Road in Scarborough, is going out of business this week, leaving about 700 commercial customers in southern Maine to find other suppliers of fresh produce. Market Fresh's owner, Stephen Goodrich, said the company's 20 employees were notified last week that Saturday will be their last day of work. Goodrich said his sales staff has been referring customers to a competitor, Native Maine Produce and Specialty Foods in Westbrook.
Farm Bill update: fewer secrets, more hard work
Grist - 2/9/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – Now that we’re beyond all the intrigue and behind-closed-doors shenanigans of the failed Secret Farm Bill, the good food movement is tasked with something even more daunting: staying awake and engaged as the 2012 Farm Bill moves through a more traditional process of hearings, committees, and amendments. I have my party hat on – do you?
Gene-modified corn violations triple among US farmers
BusinessWeek - 2/9/2012.
By Jack Kaskey – Monsanto Co. and other seed makers reported a threefold increase last year in U.S. farmers caught violating requirements for planting genetically modified corn.
New GM crops tolerant to old toxic herbicides a step backwards
Institute for Science in Society - 2/9/2012.
By Prof. Joe Cummins – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced that Dow AgroScience Company is seeking deregulation of a new genetically engineered corn (DAS-4027809), tolerant to broadleaf phenoxy auxin herbicides such as 2,4-D and grass herbicides such as quizalofop, and is soliciting public comments by February 27, 2012.
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