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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!

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
Tomato grafting: it’s easier than you think and will yield results
The Atlantic - 1/24/2012.
By Ari LeVaux – With the days getting longer, it's officially time to start planning the garden. At the very least, make a cup of tea and open a seed catalog. Depending on what you have in mind, it might be time to place an order. If your plans include tomatoes, especially heirlooms, it's worth considering ways to fortify them. Anyone who's lost tomatoes to blight knows the heartbreak of yanking whole plants still laden with fruit, and removing them from the scene.
Farmers are working toward a brighter future for organic vegetables
Good - 1/23/2012.
By Sarah Laskow – You might expect all the seeds that go into creating an organic farm to be organic themselves. But when the Organic Seed Alliance asked organic farmers how much organic seed they were using, only one out of five reported using 100 percent organic seed.
New pest arrivals bode ill for Maine gardens, lawns
Maine Sunday Telegram - 1/22/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Three new pests could cause problems for Maine farmers and gardeners this year – pests that arrived just last year or could arrive this year. The biggest concern is the spotted wing drosophila, an Asian fruit fly that – unlike most fruit flies – feeds on fruit as it is ripening rather than when it is going rotten.
A new gardener’s guide to choosing vegetable varieties
Bangor Daily News - 1/21/2012.
By Reeser Manley – What is the best summer squash variety for a Maine garden? While there are lists of recommended varieties of every vegetable that can be grown in Maine, if I really want to know which variety will grow trouble-free in my garden or which variety has real flavor, I rely on the experience of local gardeners.
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