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JANUARY 25, 2013

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Deb Soule

Talks on Medicinal Herbs to Raise Money for Russell Libby Memorial Fund

Avena Botanicals herbalist and owner Deb Soule is hosting "Our Living Earth, Living Soul Series" of four talks about herbs to honor and raise funds in memory of Russell Libby.
The series will feature Soule and other teachers, all passionate about the health of people and our planet, speaking at Avena Botanicals' new classroom in Rockport, Maine.
Avena Botanicals Medicinal Gardens have been certified organic by MOFGA for 28 years, and founder Deb Soule knew Russell Libby for most of that time.
These Saturday classes aims to bring people together to learn more herbal and nutritional ways to care for themselves in today's stress-filled world, to explore specific herbs and foods being used in cancer prevention, and to gain a better understanding of why seed and soil quality are essential for growing healthy food and herbs.
The speakers are donating their time, and all proceeds go directly to the Russell Libby Memorial Fund. Classes are by donation only, with suggested donations of $5 to $500.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. For information and registration call Avena Botanicals at 207-594-0694.
If you are unable to attend and wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the Russell Libby Memorial Fund, please contact MOFGA at 207-568-4142 or visit
February 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m. - Herbs for Easing Stress and Building Resiliency, with herbalist Deb Soule
March 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m. - Seeds, Soil, and Spirit, with CR Lawn from FEDCO Seeds
April 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m. - Herbs and Meditation for Calming the Mind and Easing Despair and Grief, with herbalists Deb Soule and Kahadish Waadabi
April 27, 10 to noon - Cancer Prevention and Treatment with Herbs and Whole Foods, with nurse practitioner and herbalist Kristina King

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Meet the MOFGA Agricultural Services Staff

Our Ag Services staff is available to help everyone with farm or garden related questions. Visit our page on to see the full range of services that we offer. You can also email questions to one of our specialists directly from the web page. Give it a try!

Back row, left to right: Katy Green, Eric Sideman, C.J. Walke, John Chartier, David Colson. Front row, left to right: Diane Schivera, Cheryl Wixson, Melissa White Pillsbury.

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Executive Director Search

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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Buy the 2013
Common Ground Country Fair Poster!

Our poster for the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair is now available for sale at the online MOFGA Store! Congratulations to Grace Keown for winning this year's poster contest and to everyone who submitted artwork. The poster has gained rave reviews! $10 each. Go to the MOFGA Store.

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Booth applications for the Common Ground Country Fair

Applications for a booth in the Farmers' Market, Crafts, and Maine Marketplace areas of the 2013 Common Ground Country Fair are now being accepted! These applications can be completed and submitted online on our website Completed Farmers' Market applications are due by January 31st. The Crafts and Maine Marketplace applications are due by February 10th. Please note that this is a firm deadline for Crafts and late applications will not be accepted. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact April at 568-4142 or

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Take a Few Minutes to Complete the MOFGA/NOFA Farm Questionnaire

MOFGA and the Northeast Organic Farming Association invite organic farmers to complete a survey that will help support farms and farm workers in the Northeast. This survey is meant for all organic farms - certified organic, farmers pledge, or self-declared organic, rural or urban - regardless of size or crops. No one has ever collected this information before! The results will help guide the policy and technical assistance work of NOFA and MOFGA. Please fill out the survey at:

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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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Soil Test Discounts

From January 1 to March 1 the Maine Soil Testing Service offers a discount for soil tests - $12 per soil test rather than $15. Call your local Extension Office to find out how to have your soil tested.

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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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MOFGA-Sponsored Grower Meetings

Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec on Thursday, January 31, from 10 am to 3 pm. Hoop houses, food safety issues, Farm Bill update, organic livestock news and Q & A, organic certification and much more!

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.

RSVP for the meetings at:

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

January 26 - Fundraiser for FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools). Hosted by Savory Maine, Saturday, 5 to 8 p.m., 11 Water Street, Damariscotta. Local food, art, music and conversation to support the connection between local farms and local schools. $30 adults, $10 children 12 and under (free for children under 5). Information: 563-2111 or visit Savory Maine on Facebook and at

January 27 - Vegetable Gardening Workshop - Starting seeds indoors.
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, 108 Maine St., Brunswick. Learn about starting seeds indoors, the types of vegetables to start indoors and the equipment needed. This workshop is taught by Nan Curtis, Master Gardener. Free, open to the public. For information, contact Linton Studdiford, 798-5899 or

January 30 - Film: Betting the Farm.
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., MOFGA Library, Common Ground Education Center, Unity. Information: 207-568-4142.

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. RSVP here.

February 1 - MOFGA's show "Common Ground" on WERU, 89.9 FM and 10 am to 11 am.

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 4 - NOFA Vermont Winter Conference Registration deadline.

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. RSVP here.

February 9 - Meeting of the Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter.
Saturday, home of Hollie and Larry Paul, 49 Touassic Lane, Woolwich. 3 p.m. outdoor activity followed by shared discussion of seed-starting ideas and a potluck dinner. For more information contact Ann Schneider - 882-6763.

February 22-24 - MOFGA Low Impact Forestry Workshop, Level II.
MOFGA campus and a farm in nearby Brooks, Maine. Space limited. Prerequisite: LIF Level I. Information: Andy McEvoy, MOFGA Forestry Coordinator,, 207-568-4142.

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.


Shop at 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-Related Videos On Facebook and YouTube!

MOFGA-Certified Organic Farmer Jim Gerritsen.
Jim addresses supporters who came to Washington, D.C., for the Jan. 10 OSGATA v. Monsanto hearing. Time 6:19 - Posted 1/10/13

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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