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"Perhaps the most radical thing you can do in our time is to start turning over the soil, loosening it up for the crops to settle in, and then stay home and tend them."
- Rebecca Solnit

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 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!

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
Too little info about probe of tainted meat
Kennebec Journal - 12/23/2011.
Editorial – A week after Hannaford supermarkets pulled suspect ground beef from their shelves, Maine consumers still have questions. What was the source of the salmonella poisoning that sickened 16 people, including four in Maine?
Good food news of 2011
Grist - 12/22/2011.
By Twilight Greenaway – 2011 was a big year for food politics. In case you dozed off anywhere along the way, I've collected the year's most important stories below. (1. Urban farming is flourishing …)
EPA unveils regulations to reduce airborne mercury
Bangor Daily News - 12/22/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Maine regulators as well as health and environmental organizations are cheering new federal rules announced Wednesday that are expected to reduce the amount of airborne mercury pollution drifting into the state from coal-fired power plants in other states.
Who are the young farmers of ‘generation organic’?
National Public Radio - 12/22/2011.
By Dan Charles – For decades, as young people have been leaving farms behind, the average age of the American farmer has been rising. The last time the government counted farmers, in 2002, the average farmer was 55-years-old. But there's a new surge of youthful vigor into American agriculture – at least in the corner of it devoted to organic, local food.
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