Annual Meeting

MOFGA’s Annual Meeting on January 13 via Zoom

Please join us for MOFGA’s annual meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2022, at 7 p.m. held online via Zoom. Register to join.

At the annual meeting, you’ll hear reports from board members and MOFGA’s executive director on our impact during 2021 and plans for 2022 and also hear from MOFGA farmers and community members about their challenges and successes last year.

Members in good standing are encouraged to vote on our 2022 roster of board members and bylaws amendment below.  Voting takes place electronically between December 13, 2021 and January 13, 2022.

2022 Proposed Roster of MOFGA Board Members

MOFGA extends our deepest appreciation and respect to Eli Berry, Beth Boepple, Melissa Emerson, Jeremy Blaiklock, Todd Little-Siebold and Sam May for their service as board members over the past many years.

Slate of MOFGA Board Member Candidates for election in 2022 to three-year terms:

  • Patty Duffy of Belfast (new nominee)
  • Rob Dumas of Prospect (new nominee)
  • Margaret Hathaway of Gray (new nominee)
  • Beth Richardson of Kennebunkport (new nominee)
  • David Shipman (third and final term)

Slate of MOFGA Board Officers for election in 2022 (one-year terms):

  • Ben Tettlebaum of New Gloucester, serving as president
  • Ellen Sabina of Morrill, serving as vice president
  • Patty Duffy of Belfast, serving as treasurer (new nominee)
  • Beth Richardson of Kennebunkport, serving as secretary (new nominee)

Pending membership approval of the slate, the 2022 MOFGA board of directors and their roles will be as follows:

Executive Committee Members

  • Ben Tettlebaum of New Gloucester, serving as president
  • Ellen Sabina of Morrill, serving as vice president
  • Patty Duffy of Belfast, serving as treasurer (new nominee)
  • Beth Richardson of Kennebunkport, serving as secretary (new nominee)
  • Stacy Brenner of Scarborough
  • Sikwani Dana of Solon
  • Jo Ann Myers of Waldoboro

Additional Members of the Board (at-large)

  • Rob Dumas of Prospect (new)
  • Margaret Hathaway of Gray (new)
  • Sam Brown of Parkman
  • Craig Hickman of Winthrop
  • Beth Schiller of Bowdoinham
  • Anna Shapley-Quinn of Monroe
  • David Shipman of China
  • Jessie Spector of Jefferson
  • Annie Watson of Whitefield

 Biographies of New Nominees

Patty Duffy lives in Belfast and has over 30 years of lending experience working with a wide range of farms. Duffy has operated a micro dairy and diversified livestock farm and continues to manage Vermont forestland she’s owned for 34 years. She is an experienced ox teamster and veterinary technician.

Rob Dumas is the food science innovation coordinator and facility manager for the School of Food and Agriculture based at the University of Maine’s Orono campus in Hitchner Hall. Dumas has a split appointment with the School of Food and Agriculture (SFA) and the Office of Innovation and Economic Development (OIED). In his role with SFA, he oversees the research and instruction that occurs in the Dr. Matthew Highlands Pilot Plant and the commercial kitchen. In his role with OIED, he works as a food system expert with connectivity to all aspects of Maine’s food system, from agriculture to food processing and retail foodservice. Dumas also leverages the pilot plant to serve industry in Maine by providing expertise in product development, process efficiency and capturing food waste. He is currently certified as an executive chef with the American Culinary Federation and serves as the chapter president for the Downeast region. 

Margaret Hathaway is the author of six books on food and farming, including the memoir “The Year of the Goat,” the guide “Living with Goats,” and most recently the “Maine Bicentennial Community Cookbook.” A native of Wichita, Kansas, and a graduate of Wellesley College, Hathaway spent a year in Tunisia on a Fulbright research grant, and has worked in book publishing, as a freelance writer and as manager of New York’s landmark Magnolia Bakery. She is the cohost of the podcast “Cooking is Community.” Since 2005, she has lived with her husband, Karl Schatz, and their three daughters on Ten Apple Farm, their homestead and agritourism business in southern Maine, where they raise dairy goats and assorted poultry, tend a large garden and small orchard, lead goat hikes, teach workshops on basic homesteading skills and operate a guest house. Hathaway currently serves on the boards of the New England Farmers Union and the Western Maine Wellesley Club.

Beth Richardson has 20 years of legal and corporate experience in the areas of organizational development and human resource management, and 15 years of academic and management experience in higher business education. Recently retired, Richardson was responsible for attorney engagement and program development for the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Maine (VLP) from 2018 to 2021 and conducted workplace training on the subject matters of unconscious bias, sexual harassment and the legal aspects of management. Prior to her role at VLP, Richardson was chair and associate professor of business administration at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, following 11 years as associate professor at St. Joseph’s College of Maine where she oversaw the human resource management major.

A lifelong organic gardener of vegetables, fruits and herbs, Richardson has been a Master Gardener since 1993 and a Master Food Preserver since 2009. As a master preserver, she has conducted numerous workshops for adults and children on preserving the harvest for the Cooperative Extension, Wolfe’s Neck Center and others. In 1998 she published the book “Gardening with Children,” and she authored a “Family in the Garden” column for the Boston Globe Sunday Edition during 1999 and 2000. A Maine native, she is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the American University Washington College of Law and holds a certificate in social entrepreneurship from the University of Oxford. She lives in Kennebunkport with her husband, Peter, a Master Beekeeper, where they keep several hives, a dozen chickens, a small orchard and an ever-expanding vegetable garden.

Proposed Amendment to MOFGA’s Bylaws

MOFGA’s board of directors recommends updating Article XI of the organization’s bylaws. This provision accounts for the distribution of assets required under state law. The proposed amendment seeks to honor and prioritize Tribal Nations should MOFGA ever need to dissolve and distribute its assets.

MOFGA’s bylaws currently read:

ARTICLE XI

DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS ON DISSOLUTION

11.1 Distribution of Assets. In the event of the dissolution of the Corporation or the termination of its corporate existence, the assets of the Corporation shall be applied and distributed as follows:

  1. All liabilities and obligations of the Corporation shall be paid, satisfied and discharged, or adequate provisions shall be made therefore;
  2. All other assets shall be transferred to such corporations, persons, groups, or organizations holding a valid tax-exempt permit issued by the Maine State Tax Commissioner, and having tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code or such equivalent section as may be in effect on the date of dissolution of the Corporation as the Board of Directors of the Corporation may designate; and
  3. No part of the property or assets of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of any directors, officers, or employees of the Corporation.

The recommended amended language is as follows:

ARTICLE XI

DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS ON DISSOLUTION

11.1 Distribution of Assets. In the event of the dissolution of the Corporation or the termination of its corporate existence, the assets of the Corporation shall be applied and distributed as follows:

  1. All liabilities and obligations of the Corporation shall be paid, satisfied and discharged, or adequate provisions shall be made therefore;
  2. All other assets shall be transferred to such corporations, persons, groups, organizations, or federally recognized sovereign Tribal Nations, with special consideration for federally recognized sovereign Tribal Nations in Maine and entities with a mission closely aligned with MOFGA’s mission, and having tax-exempt status under 26 U.S.C. § 501(c)(3), 26 U.S.C. § 7871, or such equivalent section as may be in effect on the date of dissolution of the Corporation as the Board of Directors of the Corporation may designate; and
  3. No part of the property or assets of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of any directors, officers, or employees of the Corporation.
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