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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Russell Libby
The awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. The scholarships offer support to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of organic and sustainable farm systems.

Apply now for one of three Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories:

• MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

• Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine

• Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 5, 2017

Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Application

If the button above does not work, click on this link or copy and paste the text into your browser URL window: https://pressherald.wufoo.com/forms/m11pldlm1bo69i9/

Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. Winners will be contacted by the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for inclusion in a write-up in SOURCE. Winners are also invited to attend the 3rd Annual SOURCE Sustainability Awards on Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, where they will be recognized and awarded the scholarship.

For further information about Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact: smanning@mainetoday.com

The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards are a joint project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source and are generously supported by Lee Auto Malls.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Research shows organics are no longer marginal
Winnipeg Free Press - 10/22/2011.
By Laura Rance – Organic farmers and their customers have had to put up with a lot of crap from their fellow producers over the years. The labels are one thing, such as "crunchy granola set" or "hippie dippies" or "organic freaks." But by far, the biggest insult was simply being dismissed as inefficient and ineffective when it comes to the serious question of how to best feed the world's growing population.
Farmers fight back against farm stand theft
Bangor Daily News - 10/22/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Troy: The farmers are fed up with having their farm stands pilfered for cash, and they’re definitely not taking it anymore. Joyce Benson of Troy, who grows vegetables on the Detroit Road, estimates that over the last two seasons thieves have stolen well over $1,000 from the lock box at her roadside stand, and she’s not the only one in her agricultural community to have been robbed.
Pesticides are good for you
Grist - 10/21/2011.
By Michele Simon – For years now, I have been hearing about the food industry's influence on the annual conference of the American Dietetic Association (ADA) – the nation's largest gathering of nutrition professionals – with some 7,000 registered dietitians in attendance. Last month, I witnessed it for myself and discovered the corporate takeover by Big Food was worse than I even imagined.
Farms need people, not machines
The Atlantic - 10/21/2011.
By Nicolette Hahn Niman – Machines have their place on farms and ranches. Researchers have calculated how the tractor's plowing, planting, and harvesting has saved tens of millions of people and draft animals from backbreaking toil. And personal experience has taught me the indispensability of a tractor for lifting and moving heavy objects on a ranch. But broadly adopting an industrial model in agriculture – especially for raising animals – has been disastrous.
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