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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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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!

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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Police: be wise driving to Common Ground Fair
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
Unity: With about 60,000 people flocking to the Common Ground Country Fair this weekend, the village of Unity has the potential to be anything but unified, harmonious and cohesive. "We're sticking about 25,000 people (a day) in a relatively small spot, and they all just to have understand you can only put so many cars on a two-lane road," said Sgt. Dale Brown, of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Organic farming as a green jobs strategy? Demand for organics to stimulate 42,000 jobs
Think Progress - 9/22/2011.
By Cole Mellino – A new report released this week finds that demand for organics may create up to 42,000 jobs by 2015, up from 14,000 today. The Organic Farming Research Foundation, is calling on Congress to consider the growing economic impact of organic farming as it reconfigures the 2012 farm bill.
Common Ground Country Fair to celebrate rural living this weekend
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: It’s the biggest birthday party in town, and you can be sure the cake is 100 percent organic. Tens of thousands of folks will descend on Unity this weekend for the 35th annual Common Ground Country Fair. The event is held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners’ Association, which also is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the group is marking both dates with a special focus on Maine agriculture.
Gluten-free options join Common Ground fare
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Last year, fair-goers asked for gluten-free options at the Common Ground Country Fair, and this Friday when the fair opens, they'll find them at the Tic Tac Taco stand. Run by Juliana Hoffmann, who recently moved back to Maine from New York City, where she owned a health food cafe, the new booth will serve three varieties of gluten-free tacos.
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