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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
Evrett Lunquist, Organic Inspection, Libel and USDA Culpability
Corporate Crime Reporter - 12/13/2012.
By Russell Mokhiber – After the National Organic Program released documents to farmer Paul Rosberg without redacting the organic inspector’s name (Evrett Lunquist), Rosberg sued Lunquist for libel. Rosberg and his wife own Nebraska’s Finest Meats, LLC, and is being charged in federal court with selling meat that was misbranded and/or not inspected. Both cases go to court in January.
EPA responds to scientists' concerns, initiates new effort for low-dose, hormone-like chemicals
Environmental Health News - 12/13/2012.
By Brian Bienkowski – Spurred by mounting scientific evidence, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is initiating a new effort to examine whether low doses of hormone-mimicking chemicals are harming human health and whether chemical testing should be overhauled.
Monsanto Gets Its Way in Ag Bill
The Progressive - 12/13/2012.
By Jim Goodman – “The Farmers Assurance Provision” is the title of a rider, Section 733, inserted into the House of Representatives 2013 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Somehow, as a farmer, I don't feel the least bit assured.
Pesticide chemicals linked to food allergies
Grist - 12/13/2012.
By Susie Cagle – You may not be at all surprised to learn that pesticides are bad for us. No, but, like, really bad. A couple of months ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics warned about the effects of pesticides on kids. Today’s kids have grown up with a new normal of pesticide-laden food and increased food allergies. According to a new study, those two things might be connected.
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