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January 12 2013 Bulletin Board

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JANUARY 12, 2013

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Executive Director Search Begins

We are looking for an inspiring and visionary leader to advance our goals. We are a vibrant organization of members in 7,000 homes and businesses, more than 1,500 highly involved volunteers, and a staff of more than thirty. The successful candidate will have a commitment to organic agriculture, to increasing the availability and affordability of locally produced organic food, and to building strong communities and a safe environment. A detailed job description is posted at Review of candidates will begin on February 11, 2013. The hiring process will remain open until MOFGA finds the appropriate candidate. We anticipate filling the position by June 2013.

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Ban BPA in Baby and Toddler Food Packaging in Maine

On Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8:30 am, Maine's Board of Environmental Protection will hold a public hearing at the Augusta Civic Center regarding a potential ban on the use of BPA (bisphenol-A) in baby and toddler food packaging in Maine. MOFGA supports such a ban. Please contact the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine for more information.

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Russell Libby Receives Commissioner's Award

At the Maine Agricultural Trades Show on January 8, 2013, Mary Anne Libby accepted the Commissioner's Award from the Maine Department of Agriculture on behalf of her late husband, Russell Libby, MOFGA's former executive director. Shown in the background are (left to right) Commissioner Walt Whitcomb; Heather Albert-Knopp, MOFGA's new president; and Barbara Damrosch, MOFGA's outgoing president.

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2013 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Unveiled

Our poster for the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair was unveiled at the Trades Show by Fair Director Jim Ahearne. Congratulations to Grace Keown for winning this year's poster contest and to everyone who submitted artwork. The poster has already gained rave reviews and we look forward to offering it for sale at the MOFGA Store when copies arrive from the printer!

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Thank You to Former Board Members

Chris Hamilton, an at-large member who, in June, joined MOFGA's Staff as Associate Director focusing primarily on membership and development; Ned Daly, who served as a liaison to MOFGA Certification Services (MCS), and continues to serve as Chair of the MCS Management Committee; Dan Sortwell, who served a term as representative of the Sagadahoc chapter of MOFGA; and Sarah Smith, who served as an at-large member. MOFGA is so grateful to all of you for the creativity and commitment that you have shared with all of us. Thank you!

New Board Members Welcomed

New MOFGA Board members elected at our annual meeting at the 2013 Agricultural Trades Show include: Kimberly Krejsa of Wiscasset who will represent the Sagadahoc chapter of MOFGA; Sam May (at-large member) of Portland and Little Spruce Island Farm on Penobscot Bay; Beth Schiller (at-large member) of Dandelion Spring Farm in Newcastle; and Lee Stover, a homesteader from Waldo who operates a lumber mill, and will represent the Waldo Organic Growers chapter of MOFGA.

We welcome our new Board President: Heather Albert-Knopp (Penobscot), and new Vice-President: Alice Percy (Whitefield). Former Board President Barbara Damrosch (Harborside) will continue to serve on the Board's Executive Committee as a member at large.

View our complete roster of current Board members.

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Visit a Maine farmers' market this week!

That's right, there are over 20 farmers' markets being held, even in this coldest part of Maine's winter. Find the one nearest you on MOFGA's Maine Farmers' Market Directory.

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Are you producing maple syrup organically? Get Certified!

Applications are being accepted now for certifying organic maple syrup in Maine. Check out or call 568-4142 for more information.

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Grower Meetings

MOFGA's Certification and Agricultural Services Programs will host a Growers' Meeting at the following THREE locations this year:

1. Northern Girl's Aroostook Headquarters, Loring Airforce Base in Limestone on Sunday, January 20, from Noon to 4:30 pm.

2. Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec on Thursday, January 31, from 10 am to 3 pm.

3. Royal River Natural Foods, Freeport, on Thursday, February 7, from 10 am to 3 pm.

All certified growers and prospective certified organic growers are invited to attend. At each location there will be a round table discussion focusing on expanding markets for organic produce as well as a presentation on best practices for hoophouse production. Organic certification experts will be on hand to discuss the organic regulation and assist with applications. Please check next week for more detailed agendas for each location.

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We are grateful for the continuing support of the MOFGA Community!

Forty-one years of organizing and educating among MOFGA's staff, volunteers, and a diverse base of constituents has resulted in widespread opportunities for buying fresh, local, organic produce year-round in Maine. Your financial support helps make this possible. You may send donations to MOFGA at PO Box 170, Unity, ME 04988, or donate online. Thanks so much for any support you can give!

Russell Libby Memorial Fund

Give online or write a check payable to MOFGA with "Russell Libby Memorial Fund" in the memo line, and mail it to P.O. Box 170, Unity, ME 04988.


Mark Your Calendar

January 15 - Deadline to apply for MOFGA Journeyperson program. Information.

January 20 - Grower Meeting: Aroostook. Sunday, noon to 4:30 pm, Northern Girl's Aroostook Headquarters, Loring Airforce Base in Limestone. Sponsored by MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA Ag Services.

January 25 - Deadline for Maine farmers and food businesses to apply for low-interest micro-loan
(up to $5,000) for equipment or working capital from No Small Potatoes Investment Club.

January 25 and 26 - Maine Farmers' Market Convention.
Point Lookout, Northport.

January 26 - Empathy Workshop to Benefit MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee.
(Snow date January 27) 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Peggy Smith, Nonviolent Communication trainer, is offering her Empathy Workshop as a fundraiser for the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee. Peggy will have just returned from Israel and Palestine, where she offered the same material on empathy as a source for our sustainability. An $85 value; please donate generously. Lunch provided. Registration information.

January 31 - Grower Meeting: Washington County. Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm, Cobscook Bay Learning Center, Lubec. Sponsored by MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA Ag Services.

February 2 - "Sowing Seeds of Health, Hope and Community," Farmington Seed Savers Group's 3rd annual winter conference. Snow date Saturday, Feb. 9. Information at West Farmington Grange Saturday Farmer's Market, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, or Better Living Center, or by calling 831-9384.

February 7 - Grower Meeting: Freeport.
Thursday, 10 am to 3 pm, Royal River Natural Foods, Freeport. Sponsored by MOFGA Certification Services and MOFGA Ag Services.

March 1 to 3 - Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: a celebration of community supported agriculture and fisheries.
Locations statewide. Information here or contact, 207-568-4142

March 9 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Unity

March 16 - MOFGA's Organic Orcharding Workshop: Pruning. Locations TBA. Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. For beginners and experienced growers.

March 21 and 28 - Organic Farming: Principles and Practices, by Eric Sideman, with other farmers and agricultural services staff from MOFGA; for those wanting to learn the reasons behind organic practices (soil, pest and weed management), and how to decide the best practice in particular situations. Maine Audubon Society complex, Falmouth. Registration info and fees.

March 22-23 -2013 New England Meat Conference.
Graponne Conference Center, 70 Constitution Avenue, Concord, NH. Co-sponsored by MOFGA. Registration will open in January. Information: Lori Walter - (603) 573-3306 or

March 24 - Seed Swap & Scion Exchange. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. A special all-day event this year! Bring seeds, scionwood and cuttings to share. Participate in educational workshops. Free. Details.

Many other events relating to farming, gardening and food production are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.


Check out MOFGA's Online Country Store!

- Fair t-shirts, sweatshirts, night shirts, aprons, hats and posters
- A great selection of books
- Membership and donation forms
- Items for MOFGA-certified producers
- Sale items

MOFGA On YouTube!

Russell Libby's Keynote Address at the 2012 Farmer to Farmer Conference Time 37:27 - Posted 12/13/12

Where Have All The Bees Gone? Public Policy Teach-in Panel at the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair. Moderated by Sharon Tisher. Time 1:32:49 - Posted 09/22/12

Unraveling Consumerism - Keynote Speech by Shannon Hayes at the 2012 Common Ground Country Fair. Introduced by Russell Libby. Time 50:41 - Posted 09/22/12


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