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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!

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
High risk of Parkinson’s disease for people exposed to pesticides near workplace
UCLA Newsroom - 5/26/2011.
By Mark Wheeler – In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. Now a follow-up study adds two new twists. Once again the researchers returned to California's fertile Central Valley, and for the first time have implicated a third pesticide, ziram, in the pathology of Parkinson's disease.
Healthier spuds on the menu
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2011.
Editorial – There is no question that potatoes contain a lot of needed nutrients. One potato contains 45 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 21 percent of the recommended potassium. The problem is what most people do to the tubers. They are often filled with sour cream or butter and salt. They are mashed with cream, butter and, sometimes, cheese. They’re fried in oil and doused with salt.
Now that the FDA itself has found BPA in canned foods, will it regulate the poison?
Grist - 5/26/2011.
By Tom Philpott – The next time an FDA panel convenes to discuss whether to ban BPA, the endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical used in can liners, it will have new data to consider – a study by the agency's own scientists. In a just-released report, they tested a range of commonly used canned foods, from peas to chili, and found "detectable" levels of BPA in 71 of 78 samples.
Farmer’s cookbook found its roots in Maine food
Portland Press Herald - 5/25/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Organic vegetable farmer Lisa Turner blames her choice of profession on cold weather gardening guru Eliot Coleman. "It's his fault," Turner said with a smile on a recent afternoon at Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport, which she owns with her husband, Ralph.
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