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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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer?
The New York Times - 3/3/2009.
By Kim Severson and Andrew Martin – To emphasize that reporting basic health violations is part of an organic inspector’s job, Barbara C. Robinson, acting director of the agriculture department’s National Organic Program, last week issued a directive to the 96 organizations that perform foreign and domestic organic inspections that they are obligated to look beyond pesticide levels and crop management techniques.
Organic milk boom in Maine going bust
Bangor Daily News - 3/2/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Too much supply and too little demand in a recession have caught up with the fast-growing organic milk industry, dealing a harsh blow to Maine producers. Dairy industry giant HP Hood recently told eight Maine organic dairy farms their milk contracts will not be renewed.
The price of tomatoes
Gourmet - 3/1/2009.
By Barry Estabrook – If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery.
Making sense of co-ops
Kennebec Journal - 3/1/2009.
By Keith Edwards – By joining together with other like-minded people in a co-op, speakers at the 15th annual Changing Maine conference said, you can get things done an individual could never do.
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