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September — Preserving

By Dani Walczak Each year since I started farming I pack my bike panniers like Christmas stockings and head north to Unity for the Common Ground Country Fair with Ali. On Friday after work, we meet in the Park-and-Ride of I-95 at the Augusta Mall. We head Northeast on our bikes. Stumbling through parking lots,

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Ripples in the Milk Pail

By Jacki Martinez Perkins The recent news that Danone, owner of Horizon Organic, has made the decision to withdraw from the Northeast, to focus on sourcing their fluid milk from larger producers in the West, has the potential to shake the moorings of Maine agriculture. Our beautiful and rural state holds the potential to provide

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Farm to Table Kids Builds Strong Connections with Nature

By Pete Salmansohn On a sunny mid-June morning a group of young children, under the guidance of farmer Stephanie McDonough, are exploring the world of radishes. “They seem to love pulling them out of the ground more than they like eating them,” she says. “But that’s ok. I call it ‘harvest therapy’ … getting their

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Maine Milk Mavens Model Creative Approach to Local Cheese Distribution

by Tim King Maine Milk Mavens, of Whitefield, Maine, has expanded rapidly since its founding in March 2020. Prior to then Jessie Dowling and her crew were milking goats and sheep at Fuzzy Udder Creamery, also in Whitefield, and selling milk, cheese and related products through farmers’ markets, restaurants, grocery stores and specialty shops throughout

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Flying Boat Farm Brings Organic Bison to Maine

By Sonja Heyck-Merlin “We can’t get close enough to see the calves,” says Keith Radonis. “We use binoculars to investigate, and we think it’s two females and a male, but we’re not sure.” Scientifically speaking, these calves — the first to be born at Flying Boat Farm in Whitefield, Maine — are bison, not buffalo.

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Maine Organic Marketplace Grand Opening

On 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 18, 2021, The Maine Organic Marketplace will celebrate its grand opening. The marketplace is located at 55 Main Street in Freeport, Maine, and is a project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). “What started as a pop-up store in the winter of 2020 has now grown

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Celebrating 50 Years of MOFGA Impact

It’s an exciting time at MOFGA. We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and we’re amazed at what this community has been able to accomplish together over the past 50 years. Looking ahead, we’re energized by our ambitious goals for creating a food system that is healthy and fair for all of us.Since 1971, the

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MOFGA Opens Permanent Storefront

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is pleased to announce that its new storefront in Freeport, Maine, is now open. The Maine Organic Marketplace, located at 55 Main Street in the old Bartol Library downtown, allows MOFGA to grow its presence in southern Maine. The storefront will support Maine’s producers through the sale

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Daytripping 2021: Farms and Gardens to Visit This Summer

Welcome to the 2021 Daytripping list, an annual feature in The MOF&G. At this year’s farm and garden tours, learn about seed saving, granite splitting, organic vegetable gardening, chicken breeding, growing fruit trees organically, sourdough bread baking and much more. For more farms to visit this summer, please check the event calendar on MOFGA’s website,

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Kathryn Cody Russell Wins 2021 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Contest

By Holli Cederholm Through art, Kathryn Cody Russell of Limington, Maine, finds clarity under pressure: She started sketching her winning design, which reimagines MOFGA’s tree logo with the inclusion of fruits and vegetables significant to Maine agriculture, just days before the 2021 Common Ground Country Fair art contest deadline. “Art, for a very long time,

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