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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
Plenty of fish in the sea
Portland Press Herald - 9/17/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Customers have had different reactions to the appearance of redfish on The Salt Exchange's menu. One raised his eyebrows and wondered aloud why the upscale Commercial Street eatery would feature something used as fish bait, owner Charles Bryon said. Another customer said he had grown up with redfish and was happy to see it.
The old becomes new again as farms return to human laborers
Kennebec Journal - 9/16/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Since we are a human-powered farm, I thought it might be interesting to consider what that means in relation to other tractor- and horse-powered farm operations. So I checked Wikipedia to get an idea of what human power is compared to a standard measurement like horsepower. It turns out that a "healthy human can produce 1.2 horsepower briefly and can sustain 0.1 horsepower indefinitely." That means that our four apprentices, plus me, can turn out between 0.5 hp all day long or 5 hp in rapid bursts during the day. Pretty impressive.
Global warming brings exotic fish to British waters, but at a cost
The Guardian [UK] - 9/16/2011.
By Steven Morris – Global warming is leading to "profound" population changes in most common fish species in waters off the UK, according to the first "big picture" study of rising sea temperatures. Around three-quarters of the species affected have grown in numbers, the government-funded study claims. While cold water-loving species such as cod and haddock fare badly, those that can do well in warmer conditions including hake, dab and red mullet are thriving.
Public Hearing On Pesticides Rules In Maine - October 7
MOFGA Announcements - 9/15/2011.

The Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will hold a public hearing on October 7th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hampton Inn on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville. The BPC is proposing one new rule and changes to three existing rules (more information below).

 

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