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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
Give consumers a choice and label genetically modified foods
Bangor Daily News - 4/25/2013.
Editorial - At first we were skeptical about requiring the labeling of genetically modified food in Maine, thinking it a fringe issue. But it turns out a large majority of Maine residents from a number of political affiliations want to know what they’re eating. A bill, LD 718, sponsored by Rep. Lance Harvell, R-Farmington, and co-sponsored by 123 Republicans, Democrats and independents, would require that foods containing genetically modified organisms be labeled as such. It should pass.
Debate raging in Augusta over genetically modified food labeling
Bangor Daily News - 4/25/2013.
By Tom Walsh - Augusta: The State House debate over requiring labeling of food products that have been genetically modified is one of many similar debates now raging throughout the country. It is also a debate that has been underway in Maine for 20 years. Legislative proposals to require labeling of consumables that contain genetically modified animal or plant organisms (GMOs) have been floated, debated and abandoned then and in 1993, 1995, 1997 and 2001.
Heavy use of herbicide Roundup linked to health dangers: study
Reuters - 4/25/2013.
By Carey Gillam - Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study.
Rebuilding the Foodshed: Fields of ENERGY
Post Carbon Institute - 4/25/2013.
Food is energy. Food provides energy. Food requires energy. Food and energy are virtually synonymous. They even share a common unit of measure. But that doesn’t mean that they are in balance. To the contrary. And nowhere is that imbalance more evident than in the United States.
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