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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
We Need an Organic Farm Bill
The New York Times - 2/25/2012.
Op-Ed by David Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now! In order to meet the serious challenges of the 21st century, U.S. agricultural policy in the farm bill must shift from its focus of creating cheap commodities and artificially propping up income for farmers, toward implementing best agricultural practices for sustainable and organic production methods.
The tale of a gardener, a book, and a pledge drive
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2012.
By Janine Pineo – Maine gardeners are an independent lot, but if there’s one thing to be said about them as a rule, they love to share their gardening know-how. Lisa Colburn of Orono found this out firsthand, with the results coming together in a new book, “The Maine Garden Journal: Insider Secrets from Maine People Who Love to Put Their Hands in the Dirt.”
Sap, syrup already flowing at Maine maple sugarhouses
Bangor Daily News - 2/25/2012.
By Kevin Miller – Ellsworth: The tapping of the maple trees, that sweet and sticky ritual that signals the changing seasons in New England, has started early this year for many of Maine’s maple syrup producers. Whether this year’s syrup season will be a boom or bust depends on what the weather decides to do next, however.
New York should make milk, not prisons
Thirteen.org - 2/25/2012.
By Brenden Beck – Casimer Trybuskiewicz has been a dairy farmer his whole life, and his father before him was, too. He runs Casey Dairy Farm with his family in Attica, N.Y., a small town about 30 miles east of Buffalo. A short drive from Casey Dairy and its 45 cows are two prisons.
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