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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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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
Strawberries, Raspberries and Bagged Salads
Write to Farm - 8/15/2013.
By Michael Tabor and Nick Maravell - Brian Snyder of PASA turns his blog over to two experienced farmers who critique FDA’s proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules. Comments are due to FDA by Nov. 15.
Why this year’s Gulf dead zone is twice as big as last year’s
Grist - 8/15/2013.
By Tom Philpott - First, the good news: The annual “dead zone” that smothers much of the northern Gulf of Mexico - caused by an oxygen-sucking algae bloom mostly fed by Midwestern farm runoff - is smaller this year than scientists had expected. Now, for the bad news: This year’s “biological desert” (NOAA’s phrase) is much bigger than last year’s.
Big Meat imitates Big Tobacco in fighting the public’s right to know
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 8/15/2013.
By Jim Harkness - Eight meatpacking industry groups recently sued to stop implementation of the popular Country of Origin Label (COOL) law (supported by 93 percent of Americans) that was passed back in 2008.
EPA unveils new pesticide label to protect bees
The Des Moines Register - 8/15/2013.
By Christopher Doering - The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Thursday a new pesticide label that prohibits the use of some pesticide products where bees are present, a step to help with the sharp decline in recent years of the insect vital to pollinating crops and producing honey.
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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

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