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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!

Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm
in Waldoboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Barbara Boardman of White Duck Farm in Waldoboro. Barbara grows a variety of MOFGA-certified organic heirloom vegetables and fruits, including the raspberries shown here earlier this season. (Now the clamshell would be full!) Her products are offered at a number of local restaurants, at her farmstand on Duckpuddle Road, and at the Waldoboro and Westbrook farmers’ markets. Visit her website and her Facebook page to learn more. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Banned pesticides may be having wider environmental impacts
BBC News - 6/13/2013.
By Matt McGrath - A new report indicates that a class of pesticides linked to the deaths of bees may be harming other wildlife species.
Raw milk bills pass House, Senate
The Weekly Packet - 6/13/2013.
By Anne Berleant - Dan Brown may soon be able to sell raw milk without a license, despite an injunction issued in April by Hancock County Superior Court Judge Ann Murray to stop.
Five steps backward with the chemical lobby bill
Environmental Working Group - 6/13/2013.
By David Andrews - The industry-backed Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 could be worse for the public than the law now on the books - the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976.
Small-scale raw milk deregulation law passes House, Senate
Bangor Daily News - 6/13/2013.
By Mario Moretto - Unless it is vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage, the bill will allow unlicensed farmers to sell up to 20 gallons of raw, or unpasteurized, milk per day, or process for sale the same amount of raw milk into cheese, butter, cream or kefir. Currently, it is illegal to sell raw milk without licensing, which requires state inspection and testing.
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