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Greetings to the MOFGA Community

September 2018

By Sarah Alexander
MOFGA Executive Director

Hello! If we haven’t met yet, I hope we meet soon. I’m looking forward to meeting many of you at this year’s Common Ground Country Fair. I’ve attended the Fair several times before, but this year will be a new experience as I’ll be attending in my new role as MOFGA’s executive director.

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The Organic Agriculture Movement in El Salvador

From Destructive Conventional Sugar Cane to Beneficial Local Organic

September 18, 2018 – El Salvador cultivates over 300 square miles of sugar cane annually – most with intensive use of herbicides, insecticides, human labor, irrigation and field burning. Much of the crop is grown for export, with profits flowing to a few wealthy families. This process often leads to contaminated water and soil, loss of water for human consumption or for local food production, harm to human health, and continued poverty.
 
As a featured speaker at MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair, Salvadoran organic farmer Juan Luis Avilés Moreno will talk about conventional sugar cane cultivation and, alternatively, about the benefits of local, organic food production. He will speak at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 22, in the Litchfield Tent. His talk will be in Spanish, with interpreting in English.

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Volunteer Profile Michael Bunker

September 1, 2018 – To say that running is Michael Bunker’s life might be an overstatement, but it certainly has been a major focus since at least his college days at the University of Southern Maine (USM). That explains why, when Jim Bovey stopped coordinating the 5K Sunday morning race at the Common Ground Country Fair, Bunker really missed it. The year that the race was not run, Heather Spalding, MOFGA’s deputy director, suggested that Bunker take on the coordinator job. He was soon organizing the race – “a great way to kick off Sunday morning at the Fair,” he says.

 

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MOFGA Volunteer Paul Schlein

June 1, 2018 – Paul Schlein says he’s never been a joiner, but during his eight years as the public information officer for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), he came to admire and respect the work that MOFGA does – attending and commenting at every BPC meeting as well as during rulemaking for bills concerning pesticides. So he joined MOFGA and its Public Policy Committee. Since then he has worked on public policy teach-ins at the Common Ground Country Fair along with other activities of that committee.

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MOFGA Volunteer Sari Lindauer

March 2018 – Empowering children to take charge of their own educational experience seems to be the overarching theme of Sari Lindauer's professional life. From her work teaching science at the Breakwater School in Portland to her co-coordinating the Youth Enterprise Zone (YEZ) at the Common Ground Country Fair, Lindauer is constantly looking for ways to help kids experience the joys of being "makers."

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