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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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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
First day of weekly (Portland) farmers’ market
Portland Press Herald - 4/2/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Today marked the official start of the weekly farmers' market in Monument Square. Dan from Sumner Valley Farm and Mike from Uncle's Farm Stand were there as the vanguard of the 30+ farmers who will fill the square by the time summer rolls around. Look for these guys (and hopefully others) next Wednesday from about 8:30 am until about 1:30 pm. Once the weather improves, the official market hours of 7 am-2 pm kick in.
Get toxic chemicals out of products used by children
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2009.
Guest Column by Heather vanFrankenhuyzen and Cathy Anderson – As small retailers, we’re anxious to see an end to the stress and uncertainty over dangerous chemicals being used in the products we sell – especially in products designed for children. These chemicals lead to costly disease and take a tremendous toll on our families, our pocketbooks, and our health system.
State probes animal cruelty claims at Turner egg farm
Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
By Kathryn Skelton – State agriculture officials in white containment suits and masks spent Wednesday going in and out of buildings at the former DeCoster Egg Farm, searching for evidence of animal cruelty.
Excerpts from diary of undercover employee
Sun Journal - 4/2/2009.
Mercy for Animals has declined to identify the person who worked undercover at Quality Egg of New England, but has made available excerpts from the worker's diary. Using photographs, video and audio recordings, the undercover worker documented 83 instances of alleged cruelty, including farm workers allegedly ignoring sick and injured birds and improper disposal of dying hens. Workers' names have been replaced by "XXXX".
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