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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!

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
BPA spikes 1200 per cent after eating canned soup
Common Dreams - 11/23/2011.
Agence France Presse – Washington: People who ate canned soup for five days straight saw their urinary levels of the chemical bisphenol A spike 1,200 per cent compared to those who ate fresh soup, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. The randomized study, described as "one of the first to quantify BPA levels in humans after ingestion of canned foods," was done by Harvard University researchers and appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association's November 23 issue.
Harvesting crops in the mud and snow
Energy Bulletin - 11/23/2011.
By Gene Logsdon – One of my favorite people has farmed, with her husband, in both Ohio and North Dakota and lived to tell about it. Growing corn commercially in Ohio is hard enough but in North Dakota, it takes an infinite capacity for pure and undefiled optimism to make a go of it.
After outbreak, Decoster leaving egg industry
Portland Press Herald - 11/22/2011.
By Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press – Iowa City: A ruthless businessman who built one of the nation's largest egg production operations from scratch even as he racked up environmental and labor violations is getting out of the business in disgrace after one scandal was too much to overcome: a nationwide salmonella outbreak caused by his products.
Raising, and slaughtering, turkeys is the dream of a lifetime of one Midcoast man
Bangor Daily News - 11/22/2011.
By Heather Steeves – Warren: John Barnstein dreamed of being a farmer since he was a young boy. He had seen his uncle raise cows and thought that would be interesting. When he was 10, Barnstein was hired at a chicken slaughterhouse across the street from his home in Massachusetts. Now 60 years old, Barnstein is 26 years into running his own poultry business on the side of Route 1 in Warren.
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