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FEBRUARY 1, 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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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: http://tinyurl.com/NOFAsurvey.

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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 www.mofga.org. 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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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 www.mofga.org.
 
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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New USDA Microloan Program

A new USDA microloan program is designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans. For more information, contact your local Farm Service Agency office.

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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 www.mofgacertification.org/ or call 568-4142 for more information.

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MOFGA-Sponsored Grower Meeting

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. 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 www.mofgacertification.org next week for a more detailed agenda.

RSVP at: www.formstack.com/forms/MOFGA-rsvp__copy.

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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

February 1 - MOFGA's show "Common Ground" on WERU, 89.9 FM and weru.org. 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. More here.

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 16 - Herbs for Easing Stress and Building Resiliency, with herbalist Deb Soule. Saturday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine. Part of the "Our Living Earth, Living Soul Series," four talks about herbs to honor and raise funds in memory of Russell Libby. 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.

February 16 & 17 - NOFA-VT Winter Conference 2013: Generations of Innovation. University of Vermont, Burlington Vt. Register Feb. 4. Information here.


February 25 and 26 - ACORN (Atlantic Canadian Organic Regional Network) Greenhouse Conference. Delta Beauséjour, Moncton, New Brunswick. Information.

March 1 - Maine Grain Conference, Bangor. Agenda and registration information TBA.

March 1 and 2 - 11th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference. 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, Laconia Middle School, 150 McGrath Street, Laconia N.H. 03246.Visit http://nofanh.org for information.


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

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 16 - Seeds, Soil, and Spirit, with CR Lawn from FEDCO Seeds. Saturday, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine. Part of the "Our Living Earth, Living Soul Series," four talks about herbs to honor and raise funds in memory of Russell Libby. 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.

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 info@newenglandmeatconference.org

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.

March 30 - MOFGA's Spring Growth Conference. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Common Ground Education Center, Unity. David Stern of Rose Valley Farm and the Garlic Seed Foundation will speak about garlic. After lunch a panel of growers will share their knowledge about garlic.

Many other events are posted on MOFGA's on-line Calendar.
 

 
 


Shop at MOFGA's Online Country Store!

- 2013 Fair posters
- 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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