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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 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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
USDA Continues Efforts to Inform Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers of Process for Resolving Discrimination Claims
USDA - 7/27/2011.
As part of continued efforts to close the chapter on allegations of past discrimination at USDA, a series of outreach meetings is being held throughout the country with farmers and ranchers to discuss the process that has been put in place to resolve the claims of Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who assert that they were discriminated against when seeking USDA farm loans.
Eating local a time-honored tradition on North Haven
Bangor Daily News - 7/26/2011.
By Emily Burnham – Eating local may be the trendy, righteous thing to do, but on the island of North Haven, it’s much more than a virtue — it’s a necessity. When a trip to a large grocery store on the mainland requires a 2½ -hour round-trip journey, it behooves you to grow your own food. And the food that is harvested, prepared and sold on the island is as fresh, organic and delicious as it comes.
Milbridge beef farm hosts visitors for Maine Open Farm Day
Bangor Daily News - 7/25/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Milbridge: Standing on the observation deck of his seven-story hunting camp which looks sort of like a water tower, beef farmer George Rippere can look over his entire 250-acre farm in Milbridge.
Back to land for Open Farm Day
Kennebec Journal - 7/25/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Kenya Whitehead watered vegetables while her 5-year-old sister showed visitors around their family farm in Belgrade on Open Farm Day. More than 100 farms in 16 counties opened their barn doors to the public on Sunday for Maine's 22nd annual Open Farm Day, sponsored by the state Department of Agriculture.
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