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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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic farming, carefully done, can be efficient
Los Angeles Times - 4/27/2012.
By Amina Khan – Organic agriculture generally comes at a cost of smaller harvests compared with conventional agriculture, but that gap can be narrowed with careful selection of crop type, growing conditions and management techniques, according a new study.
Growth of the local food industry has industrial farm lobby worried
Kennebec Journal - 4/27/2012.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Living in Maine means that we are at the end of the road – literally – if we are in business and rely on out-of-state suppliers. I learned this week, however, we are a leader one key area: the production of healthy food and providing that food to low-income Mainers who need it.
Change steers students to healthier food choices
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – There will be fewer cupcakes and a greater variety of healthful foods served at Portland schools next fall thanks to new food rules adopted by the Board of Education on Tuesday. Under the new rules, all food served at the schools or by school-affiliated organizations must meet nutrition standards set by the U.S. Department of Agricuture's Healthier U.S. Schools Challenge.
Organic foods industry creates more than a half million jobs
Organic Trade Association - 4/25/2012.
Washington – Producing U.S. foods organically creates thousands more jobs than if that food were produced using conventional agricultural methods, according to a new economic study released today here at the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) Policy Conference.
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