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- Walt Whitman

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 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!

Gregory Bertoni and Kelsey Woods


Know Your Organic Producers!


Meet Gregory Bertoni and Kelsey Woods of A Good Start in Old Orchard Beach, a MOFGA-certified organic farm that produces seedlings. They sell at the Saco River Market. Keep up with A Good Start on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Organic farms cut carbon dioxide emissions
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2012.
Op-ed by Marcel LeRoi – If only 10,000 medium-size farms in the U.S, converted to organic farming, they would store so much carbon dioxide in the soil that it would be equivalent to taking more than 1 million cars off the road or reducing our miles driven by 14.62 billion miles.
Redfish by any other name is … just not as appetizing
Portland Press Herald - 8/11/2012.
Op-ed by Monique Coombs – The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is promoting some of Maine's lesser-known fish through a campaign called Out of the Blue. Acadian redfish was the first species highlighted, and currently the institute is wrapping up a promotion for mackerel.
State offering free pesticide disposal to homeowners, family farms
Bangor Daily News - 8/11/2012.
By Rick Levasseur – Augusta: Several state agencies are partnering to provide homeowners a free opportunity this fall to dispose of old pesticides that may be stockpiled on their properties. Required registration – the deadline for which is Sept. 28 – is now open for the disposal day.
Tidbits: farmers markets, Maine cheese, Mark Bittman and vodka
Bangor Daily News - 8/10/2012.
By Emily Burnham – Farmers in the Skowhegan region have a lot to crow about – their farmers market is currently in sixth place nationwide for small markets in the American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market contest online.
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