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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 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
Culture celebrated at Micmac farmers market
Bangor Daily News - 7/23/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Presque Isle: It was a day of cultural and natural celebration at the Micmac farmers market Saturday aimed at encouraging natives and non-natives alike to get back to their roots. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs invited the public to their farmers market on Route 1 near the Caribou and Presque Isle town line for all day basket-making demonstrations, seasonal cooking demonstrations, stories and guided tours of the band’s gardens.
Strong support shown for store selling food from local farms
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Going forward... (I love that phrase. It's so much more expressive than "going backward," or "going nowhere"). It looks like local food is "going forward" as the wave of the future in my local area. A new survey in the Gardiner area shows that 97 percent of respondents would support a local store that provided food from local farms and suppliers.
Consumers prefer organic food, survey says
Huffington Post - 7/22/2011.
A new Thomson Reuters poll [pdf] found that the majority (58%) of consumers prefer organic food to conventional food. This preference is particularly strong with those with a higher education, and those of a younger demographic. Sixty-three perfect of respondents under age 35 choose organics when possible.
Garlic plant diseases hit Maine farms
Sun Journal - 7/21/2011.
By Betty Jespersen – Farminton: Two destructive diseases that can decimate a garlic crop and are spread through infected seeds, or cloves, has reached Maine, according to agricultural experts with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The stem-bloat nematode has been confirmed on one farm and allium white rot appeared last year and has now spread to three farms.
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