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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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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 more opportunity for all of you to join the conversation. Visit the MOFGA Strategic Planning web page to see how you can get involved!

Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Strawberry surprise
Grist - 3/11/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Creepily red, hard as stones and about as flavorful, industrial strawberries rely on chemical fumigants to control pests. Now comes news that the industry's new favorite fumigant – sulfuryl fluoride – is a greenhouse gas 4,800 times more potent than carbon dioxide, according to a recent MIT study.
Speaker Pingree Introduces Bill Establishing Maine Farmland Fund and Bond Issue to Support Maine’s Traditional Industries
Press Release - 3/11/2009.
Effort would support waterfront and farmland preservation, make donating easements easier for families, and aid Maine-based food processing centers.
Insect Fumigant Identified As Potent Greenhouse Gas
Environmental News Service - 3/11/2009.
Sulfuryl fluoride, a gas used for insect control, has the potential to contribute to future global warming at more than 4,800 times the potency of the better known greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, an international team of researchers said today.
Pesticides and perceptions
Bangor Daily News - 3/11/2009.
Editorial – A change in attitude, not state law, is needed to ensure that the Board of Pesticides Control fulfills its obligations.
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