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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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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!

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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
2013 Locavore Index ranks states in terms of commitment to local foods
Strolling of the Heifers - 4/13/2013.
The top five states for locavorism, according to the 2013 Locavore Index, are Vermont (first), Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Iowa, while the bottom five are Texas (last), Florida, Louisiana, Arizona and Nevada.
Belfast fish company to double production, add 40-50 workers
Bangor Daily News - 4/13/2013.
By Abigail Curtis - Belfast: At Ducktrap River of Maine, the smokers - and employees - are working six days a week to meet the ever-increasing demand for products such as smoked Atlantic salmon, trout and mackerel, but still can't keep up.
Whole Foods pushes forward on product labeling initiatives
American-Statesman (Austin) - 4/13/2013.
Over the past few years, the natural foods grocer has rolled out a series of standards regarding animal welfare, seafood sustainability and genetically modified ingredients that is unprecedented in scope for a major food retailer. While most supermarket chains have their own sets of standards, Whole Foods' appear to be the most stringent in the industry, analysts say.
Manure spraying takes hold on some Wisconsin farms - and not everybody's happy
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 4/13/2013.
By Lee Bergquist - New methods of spreading manure on farm fields are becoming the latest flashpoint of conflict among farmers, their neighbors and environmentalists.
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