Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Local and Organic Pledge Challenge

Pledge

The Pledge

MOFGA’s 2019 local and organic pledge takes place during the month of August!

MOFGA’s 2019 local and organic pledge takes place during the month of August!

August 2019

MOFGA’s 2019 local and organic pledge will take place this August. The pledge will highlight the abundance of local organic products that contribute to diverse, tasty meals and will occur when many seasonal products are reaching peak abundance.

Individuals will pledge to eat all local and organic foods for one day, one week or the entire month of August. Restaurants throughout the state will create special meals that support the pledge. MOFGA and our partners will distribute educational resources for growing, cooking and eating organic throughout the month.

The Reasons

• Economic Benefits

Every time Maine citizens pay $1 directly to a Maine organic farmer, we

  • provide that farm with $1 in direct funding
  • create 83 cents in spending for other local businesses
  • create 67 cents in spending by Maine’s organic farm families
  • help sustain the 59,730 acres of Maine land currently in organic production and the farmers who carefully tend that land. On average organic farms create 21 percent more jobs than conventional farms.

• Environmental Benefits

  • The complex and biodiverse relationships created on organic farms benefit plants, animals, soils and the atmosphere.
  • Organic agriculture reduces the amount of toxic chemicals in our environment and in our bodies.
  • Certified organic farmers preserve pollinator habitat, promote biodiversity and build healthy soil.
  • Organic food cannot be produced with genetically engineered ingredients (sometimes called genetically modified organism, or GMOs).
  • Certified organic livestock are produced humanely, without synthetic antibiotics or added growth hormones.

The Details

Those who garden or homestead organically pledge to eat the crops produced at home.

Those who purchase products pledge to purchase options that are local and organic. If the product is not available in a local organic form, but there is a reasonable substitute (for example maple syrup as a substitute for honey) or it's produced sustainably locally then pledge takers may purchase those items. Many items that are not available locally, such as coffee or spices, may be certified organic by MOFGA and pledge takers can use all MOFGA-certified organic products. There may be a few items that are not available organically or locally and we encourage pledge takers to learn as much about the product as possible to make an informed purchase that's in the spirit of the pledge.

Seafood is an important part of many diets, and we want to support our local sustainable fishermen. Pledge takers use the seven principles for choosing seafood developed by the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance.

Products that have been legally and sustainably harvested or hunted can be consumed during the challenge period.


Click here to take the pledge online!

Download the pledge card here


Resources

Find MOFGA Certified Organic Products

Find a Farmers Market

Learn What's in Season

Browse the Archives for Recipes

Learn About the 7 Principles for Choosing Seafood

 

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