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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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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!

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
Enchiladas inspire cook to go beyond steamed squash
Bangor Daily News - 4/24/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – One sound, whole winter squash still in storage plus a half of one peeled and cut up for use in the refrigerator are waiting for me to be inspired. Sometimes about all the inspiration I can manage is to steam, then whip them with a little cream or butter and light brown sugar for plopping onto the dinner plate next to the main dish.
A new vision for the 2012 Farm Bill?
Huffington Post - 4/23/2010.
By Paula Crossfield – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN), who last year called those who spend money on organic produce "dumb," may become the unlikely champion of a Farm Bill in 2012 that could create opportunities for more sustainable farmers.
Genetically modified crops are not the answer
Common Dreams - 4/23/2010.
By Hans Herren and Marcia Ishii-Eiteman – The Senate is considering a bill that would overhaul the way Americans deliver foreign aid. With more people going hungry than ever before, the bill's attention to global hunger could not come at a better time. The Global Food Security Act would streamline the aid process and focus on long-term agricultural development. But the bill includes a mandate that we spend foreign aid dollars developing genetically modified (GM) crops.
Foreign Policy mag spotlights ‘peak phosphorus’
Grist - 4/23/2010.
By Tom Philpott – As Grist's recent special series showed, our reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer has serious ecological, geopolitical, public-health, and agricultural consequences. Yet N isn't our only fertilizer problem. To grow robustly, plants need sufficient access to three key macronutrients: N,P, and K, or nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.
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