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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
World Food Prize laureates warn against labeling, other anti-biotech efforts
The Des Moines Register - 10/16/2013.
By Lynn Hicks - Marc Van Montagu of Belgium, Mary-Dell Chilton of Syngenta and Robert T. Fraley of Monsanto emphasized the benefits and safety of genetically modified crops and addressed criticisms in a press conference Thursday at the World Food Prize’s Borlaug Dialogue. The three will be awarded with the prize Thursday night for their research, which led to the development of biotech crops, which, by 2012, were grown around the globe by 17.3 million farmers.
Why Home Economics Should Be Mandatory
Mother Jones - 10/16/2013.
By Tom Philpott - I was a rotten high school student, a shirker and smart-ass of the first rank. I even found myself purged from a typing class for bad behavior – an event I regret to this precise moment, since touch-typing is obviously a convenient skill for someone in my profession.
Commentary - Climate Resilient Agriculture starts with Soil Protection
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs - 10/16/2013.
By Dr. Rattan Lal - The extreme weather and drought the U.S. has experienced in 2012-13 may become a new norm and the impacts of global climate change will be even more severe in certain regions, known as global hotspots, in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and South America. These regions are already prone to declining agronomic yields and increased food insecurity due to the adverse effects of climate change.
Hungry Owl Project: Pest control on the wing
San Francisco Chronicle - 10/15/2013.
By Carey Sweet - The woman on the phone was frantic. She had bought an old farmhouse and discovered a large owl had moved into the attic. At the bottom of its roost was a pile of tiny crushed bones and bits of fur.
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