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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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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!

The Quincannon family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bryan and Ali Quincannon and their family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro. Eden Acres grows over 30 varieties of unique and flavorful heirloom apples that are ready to pick beginning in August and continuing through mid-November. "Using beneficial, living organisms is at the heart of my approach in creating a healthy system for healthy trees to thrive and produce healthy apples," says Bryan. Keep up with Eden Acres on their website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
DDT linked to higher risk of Alzheimer's
Environmental Health News - 1/27/2014.
By Lindsey Konkel - People with high levels of exposure to the banned insecticide DDT were four times more likely to have Alzheimer’s disease than people with low levels, according to a study of patients in Georgia and Texas published today. The research is among the first to report a connection between Alzheimer’s, which is the world’s most common neurodegenerative disease, and chemicals in the environment.
Farm bill deal would scale back cuts to food stamps
Portland Press Herald - 1/27/2014.
By Mary Clare Jalonick, AP - Washington: A House plan to make major cuts to food stamps would be scaled back under a bipartisan agreement on a massive farm bill, a near end to a more than two-year fight that has threatened to hurt rural lawmakers in an election year.
Community Forestry Grants Awarded
Project Canopy - 1/27/2014.
Project Canopy, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry's community forestry program, has awarded $106,243.00 in grants to local governments and municipalities, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations that support community efforts to develop and maintain long-term community forestry programs.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds: Behind Every Great Vegetable and Fruit Is a Seed
Organic Connections - 1/27/2014.
One big reason for the range of produce in our markets these days is actually quite small – seeds. The wide variety of these tiny sources of life available to us today has come a long way. One person we have to thank for our blossoming seed market is Rob Johnston: forty years ago he founded Johnny’s Selected Seeds, and the wealth of heirloom and organic seeds has been growing ever since.
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