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Russell Libby
The awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. The scholarships offer support to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of organic and sustainable farm systems.

Apply now for one of three Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories:

• MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

• Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine

• Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 5, 2017

Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Application

If the button above does not work, click on this link or copy and paste the text into your browser URL window: https://pressherald.wufoo.com/forms/m11pldlm1bo69i9/

Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. Winners will be contacted by the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for inclusion in a write-up in SOURCE. Winners are also invited to attend the 3rd Annual SOURCE Sustainability Awards on Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, where they will be recognized and awarded the scholarship.

For further information about Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact: smanning@mainetoday.com

The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards are a joint project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source and are generously supported by Lee Auto Malls.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
‘Food’ discussion highlights local farming
Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2009.
By Abigail Curtis – ROCKLAND, Maine — As the nation’s eaters grow more and more concerned about where their food comes from, experts say Maine is poised to be a leader in the movement away from industrial farming and toward fresh and local fare. “People say we’re backwards in Maine. I think we’re very progressive,” said Melissa Kelly, executive chef and co-owner of Rockland restaurant Primo. “The solution seems so simple and so difficult, all at the same time. [We should] focus on old ways and old traditions, take the time to eat locally, and do what your great-grandmother did.”
A taste of ancient days
Organic Consumers - 7/22/2009.
By Liat Racin – The Heritage Wheat Conservancy is restoring the almost lost heritage wheats of the Old World and colonial New England. After years of collecting rare wheats with traditional farmers in remote European and Middle Eastern villages, Eli Rogosa hosted a field day for researchers, flour companies and organic farmers last Thursday in Massachusetts. 96 varieties of delicious rare world wheat on the verge of extinction are thriving at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst’s Organic Research Farm.
From farms to Northern California hospitals: Healthier food for healthier patients
San Jose Mercury News - 7/22/2009.
By April Dembosky – Nothing spells patient satisfaction like free-range roast chicken after triple bypass surgery. Throw some organic potatoes mashed with hormone-free milk and locally grown arugula salad onto the tray and hospital food may soon escape the culinary sneers it usually shares with TV dinners and airline meals. Such bedside menus may not be far off for Northern California hospitals that are harnessing their buying power to demand changes in how food is grown and distributed. They're part of a growing alliance of doctors and food advocates who say organic, fresh food is healthier, and local, sustainable food practices reduce pollution and contamination, which will ultimately lead to fewer health problems.
Author Urges Americans to Rediscover Farming
Voice of America - 7/21/2009.
By Faiza Elmasry – Sharon Astyk is concerned about the problems facing our world, from climate change to the food crisis. The farmer and social activist says everyone can be part of the solution if they start growing their own food and change the way they eat.
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