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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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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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
'Cow power' turns manure, food waste into mighty electricity source
Kennebec Journal - 1/19/2013.
By Ben McCanna - Exeter: Every day in rural Penobscot County, a large dairy farm harnesses clean-burning gas from cow manure and food waste, and generates enough electricity to power 800 homes continuously. The process has the potential to earn the facility $800,000 a year. It also creates byproducts - animal bedding and a less-odorous fertilizer - that save the farm about $100,000 a year.
Maine closes more scallop fishing areas
Bangor Daily News - 1/19/2013.
By Bill Trotter - Ellsworth: Due to declines in the number of harvestable scallops, the Maine Department of Marine Resources has closed three more fishing areas along the coast. The areas are being closed “to protect against unusual damage and imminent depletion” of scallops in those areas,” according to DMR officials.
Misdirected efforts aren’t making Americans any healthier
Bangor Daily News - 1/18/2013.
OpEd by Dr. Philip Caper - A report released last September estimated that about 30 percent of what we as a nation spend on health care is spent on things that have little or no effect on curing illness or on improving our health - in other words, wasted.
Water grabbing to follow food speculation? Where are the checks and balances?
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 1/18/2013.
Shiney Varghese - For-profit companies have begun setting up pre-paid water kiosks (or water ATMs) that dispense units of water upon the insertion of a pre-paid card. It is no surprise that these are popular among people who otherwise have no access to clean drinking water.
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