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"The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass."
- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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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Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm
in Waldoboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm in Waldoboro. Barbara grows a variety of MOFGA-certified organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, including the raspberries shown here earlier this season. (Now the clamshell would be full!) Her products are offered at a number of local restaurants, at her farmstand on Duckpuddle Road, and at the Waldoboro and Westbrook farmers’ markets. Visit her website and her Facebook page to learn more. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
An earthy non-prescription anti-depressant
Grist - 4/8/2009.
By Kit Stolz – Medical researchers in the United Kingdom have found evidence that “friendly” bacteria found in soil may activate the immune system, produce the brain compound serotonin, and help ward off depression. According to a study published last week in Neuroscience, researchers from Bristol University and University College London found that mice treated with the soil agent Mycobacterium vaccae behaved much like mice treated with anti-depressants.
Pesticides blamed for some childhood brain cancers
Organic Consumers - 4/8/2009.
By Heather Hamlin, Environmental Health News – Little is known conclusively about what causes brain cancer in children, but research studies are consistently finding links to prebirth pesticide exposure. A new study finds that children who live in homes where their parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer versus those that live in residences in which no pesticides are used. Herbicide use appeared to cause a particularly elevated risk for a certain type of cancer.
Amid a sea of troubles, ethanol now has an antibiotics problem
Grist - 4/7/2009.
By Tom Philpott – One of the many supreme ironies of corn-based ethanol as “green” fuel is that it relies on the existence of [confined animal feedlot operations] – CAFOs, one of the most ecologically damaging industrial processes in the United States. Now comes information that has trickled out before: the ethanol process relies on copious doses of antibiotics to control the fermentation process – and distillers grains carry heavy traces of them into feedlot rations.
Will new food safety bills really outlaw backyard gardening and end farmers’ markets?
Alternet - 4/7/2009.
By Ari LeVaux – My inbox has been pummeled in recent weeks by a barrage of emails warning me of the evils of HR 875, a bill currently working its way through Congress.
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