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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!

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
High use of antibiotics overlaps with obesity rates in the Midwest and South
The Kansas City Star - 11/24/2013.
By Scott Canon - Livestock producers have long been using tiny doses of antibiotics in their herds to grow bigger animals faster. Antibiotic use in humans may have the same effect.
Bee vectoring is the latest buzz in organic food
The Province (British Columbia) - 11/24/2013.
By Paul MacDonald - Researchers are looking at using bees to deliver beneficial microbes to plants.
Gobble local! Everything from bird to pie can be found right here (or within a short waddle)
Sun Journal - 11/24/2013.
By Bonnie Washuk - While we make lists of what to pick up and cook for Thanksgiving, the “buy local” movement is going strong.
Maine cranberry growers say it’s hard to stay out of the red
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/24/2013.
By Mary Pols - There wasn’t a thing wrong with Dresden farmer David Popp’s cranberries this year. They colored up nicely and there was plenty of fruit, arriving not too early, not too late. Yet he mowed down most of his 3.5 acres of vines while they were covered in the dark red berries, harvesting only about 3,000 pounds instead of the usual 60,000 to 70,000.
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