PFAS in Maine: A Conversation with MOFGA Director Sarah Alexander

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PFAS in Maine: A Conversation with MOFGA Director Sarah Alexander

June 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Blue Hill Public Library will sponsor a talk with Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Executive Director Sarah Alexander about PFAS on Thursday, June 23 at 6:00pm in the library’s Howard room as part of the Slaven Lecture Series.

PFAS, also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a hot topic in the agricultural world right now. These chemicals have been used in a wide range of products from commercial and industrial to consumer – items like food packaging, fire extinguishing foam, shampoos, and stain repellant used on fabrics. PFAS have recently been recognized as a contaminant in agriculture and can be present in our water and soil, which can then enter our food supply here in Maine and elsewhere. MOFGA has worked to give farmers, land managers and the public, information on what is now known about PFAS and what can be done, by leading research on PFAS uptake, managing an emergency fund and piloting private testing and consulting programs. Sarah Alexander, the Executive Director of MOFGA since 2018, has worked in the agricultural field for over 20 years and will share her knowledge and experience with attendees.

All are welcome to attend this free program. If you have any questions, please contact Kayleigh at [email protected] or 374-5515.

The Robert K. & Linda B. Slaven Lecture Series seeks to bring distinguished speakers with expertise in a wide array of subjects to Blue Hill, to share their knowledge on topics of importance to the community and the world. It is supported by a generous gift from the Anahata Foundation. The series theme for 2022 is “Agriculture.”

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