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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 more opportunity 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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Russell Libby, Organic Farming Advocate, Dies at 56
The New York Times - 12/12/2012.
By Dennis Hevesi – Russell Libby, one of the nation’s leading advocates for organic farming, died on Sunday at his farm in Mount Vernon, Me. He was 56. What began with his fourth-grade teacher handing out packets of vegetable seeds to her students in Sorrento, Me., nearly five decades ago, evolved into a lifelong passion for Mr. Libby and a deep concern about industrial farming and its use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Is organic food more nutritious than non-organic food?
Chemistry World - 12/12/2012.
By Harriet Brewerton – Scientists in Denmark have compared how organic and non-organic diets affect dietary mineral uptake in humans, focusing on copper and zinc. They found that there is no difference between the two diets when it comes to uptake and how the minerals are processed in the body.
Pig farm pollution linked to higher blood pressure
Environmental Health News - 12/12/2012.
Synopsis by Virginia T. Guidry and Wendy Hessler – Air pollution and strong odors emanating from large-scale swine operations may affect blood pressure of people who live nearby, according to new research.
Eat local all winter? That's a big CAN DO
Portland Press Herald - 12/12/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Cheryl Wixson is a businesswoman on a mission. After just one year, Wixson has a growing company that offers a unique way for Mainers to eat locally-grown food in the winter. "My goal is to help the farmer get the best price and help the customer eat local all year," said Wixson.
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