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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!

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
Monsanto soybean claims probed by West Virginia
Bloomberg - 6/25/2010.
By Jack Kaskey – Monsanto Co., the world’s biggest seed company, is being investigated by West Virginia over possibly misleading growers who were promised improved yields from its new Roundup Ready 2 Yield soybean seeds.
Chemical warfare
Bangor Daily News - 6/24/2010.
Editorial – Once the health threats of tobacco became known – cancer, heart disease and emphysema – it was impossible for the nation to go back and pretend cigarettes were OK in moderation. The same was true of substances in the living environment. During the 1960s, asbestos was ubiquitous in private and public buildings such as schools, offices, libraries and apartment complexes. Once the dangers of asbestos were known, the public demanded that it be removed.
Farmers market offers double dollars deal
Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Skowhegan: Dr. Michael Lambke hears the same thing over and over when he tells his chronically ill patients to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables: Healthful food costs too much. “That’s one of the biggest standard obstructions I hear from my patients,” said Lambke, a family physician who spent Saturday morning at the Skowhegan Farmers Market.
Supreme Court’s ruling on Monsanto’s GE alfalfa: Who won?
Grist - 6/21/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The sustainable agriculture world is abuzz today with news of the Supreme Court's ruling regarding an earlier lawsuit, brought by alfalfa farmers, that sought to stop any planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready alfalfa seed. While the press coverage heralds the ruling as a decisive victory for Monsanto, a close reading shows that, in fact, it's a fairly significant win for opponents of biotech crops.
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