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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!

The Quincannon family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro. Will Porensky photo.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bryan and Ali Quincannon and their family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro. Eden Acres grows over 30 varieties of unique and flavorful heirloom apples that are ready to pick beginning in August and continuing through mid-November. "Using beneficial, living organisms is at the heart of my approach in creating a healthy system for healthy trees to thrive and produce healthy apples," says Bryan. Keep up with Eden Acres on their website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Another good reason to eat your greens: It makes you more optimistic about the future
Daily Mail [UK] - 1/17/2013.
By Anna Hodgekiss - Scientists have discovered that optimistic folk have higher levels of plant compounds called carotenoids in their blood. A commonly-known carotenoid is beta-carotene, a pigment found in high levels in orange fruit and veg and green, leafy vegetables.
Climate-Friendly Food Demands Animal-Friendly Farming
Common Dreams - 1/17/2013.
By Ronnie Cummins - A growing number of organic consumers, natural health advocates and climate hawks are taking a more comprehensive look at the fundamental causes of global warming. And it's led them to this sobering conclusion: Our modern energy-, chemical- and GMO-intensive industrial food and farming systems are the major cause of man-made global warming.
U.S. Ag Education Groups Make Soil Health a Priority
Worldwatch Institute - 1/17/2013.
By Carol Dreibelbis - In the United States, some agricultural organizations are beginning to recognize the value of training new leaders in sustainable farming practices. In the state of Nebraska, Nebraska Agricultural Education and the Nebraska Future Farmers of America Association (FFA) are in their second year of providing teachers and students with the skills they need to conserve and restore the local landscape.
BPA replacement alters hormones at low doses, study finds
Environmental Health News - 1/17/2013.
By Brian Bienkowski - Just like the controversial compound it's designed to replace, a chemical used in cash register receipts and other consumer products messes with hormones, according to research published today. The study by University of Texas scientists is the first to link low concentrations of bisphenol S (BPS) - a bisphenol A (BPA) alternative - to disruption of estrogen, spurring concern that it might harm human health.
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