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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
Panel: climate change is real
Kennebec Journal - 9/25/2011.
By Amy Calder – Unity: Climate change is real, it's serious and it must be addressed now. That was the message from a panel of experts Saturday at a public policy teach-in at the Common Ground Country Fair. "It's really important to understand the science, I think," said Unity College President Stephen Mulkey. "I think the science is often minimalized or lost in translation."
Sprouting up all over
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/25/2011.
By Ray Routhier – Starting a school garden can come with some pretty tough challenges. For one, it takes the help of volunteers, who may already be tied up with other commitments at the school. Plus, somebody has to take care of the garden during summer, when school is closed. Still, people involved with school gardens across Maine say they are uniquely rewarding and can be part of just about any subject a school teaches.
Ferry Beach students elevate garden to a sustainable ecosystem
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/25/2011.
By Tom Atwell – The Ferry Beach Ecology School in Saco has given a new name to its organic garden. "We are calling it a 'sustainable food ecosystem,' " said John Ibsen, coordinator of the school's Food for Thought program. "This garden is our feeble attempt to replicate a natural ecosystem." Ibsen showed a bit of a twinkle when he mentioned the new name, but it fits with the school's goals.
Radioactive rice ‘far exceeding’ safe levels found in Japan
Common Dreams - 9/24/2011.
By Chikako Mogi – Tokyo: Japan found the first case of rice with radioactive materials far exceeding a government-set level for a preliminary test of pre-harvested crop, requiring thorough inspection of the rice to be harvested from the region, the farm ministry said late on Friday.
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