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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!

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
Tidbits for August 4
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2010.
By Emily Burnham – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts a day of getting to know the folks who are growing food sustainably and are helping to provide clean energy solutions to local homeowners. “Sustainable Backyards,” a tour of homes, farms and woods in Waldo County, is set for Sunday, Aug. 8, in six locations around the county.
Huge year for honey
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Falmouth: The stacks of honeybee hives in a field off Woodville Road were buzzing with insects delivering pollen and nectar collected from nearby fields of clover and goldenrod as master beekeeper Erin Forbes checked the frames Tuesday. Forbes pulled out a frame heavy with light golden honey, which she will harvest in another couple of weeks. "The honey season is fantastic," said Forbes, one of only four master beekeepers in Maine.
A real farmers’ market in Starks
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Erin Rhoda – Starks: One organization is returning a former grange hall to its original use: To be a center for farmers and those who support what they produce. More than 60 people visited the Maine Alternative Agriculture Association's open house at its new facility on Route 43 this past week to see how the old hall has changed.
After 378 years, NH family farm goes on market
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Kathy McCormack – Dover, N.H.: In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants – arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms – are selling their spread, which is among the oldest continuously operated family farms in America.
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