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Maine Legislature’s Appropriations Committee Slashes Governor Mills’ Support for Maine’s Dairy Farms

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is shocked by a vote from the Legislature’s Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee to slash desperately needed funding for dairy farmers. In a party-line vote late Wednesday afternoon, AFA reduced what Gov. Mills had pledged for Maine’s 20-year-old Dairy Stabilization Program by 60%.  Maine’s dairy sector

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MOFGA Connects Farmers Adapting to Climate Change

MOFGA is creating spaces for farmers to connect on peer-to-peer strategies for coping with climate change. MOFGA is connecting farmers with technical support and removing barriers to resources to assist with making adaptation decisions and developing long-term strategies for dealing with climate uncertainties. Participants will build collaborative skills and center community networks for a more

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Read the spring issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener

The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener is turning 50! In 1974, volunteer Tim Nason transitioned MOFGA’s mimeographed newsletter into a newspaper. While today — in the age of Google searches, YouTube tutorials, Craigslist, Facebook groups and podcasts on every subject— a source of aggregated information on a certain topic can easily be taken for granted,

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Together We Grow and Onward to the Next 50 Years

As of the writing of this article in January, MOFGA is in the process of closing our books on 2023 and the Together We Grow 50th anniversary campaign. Planned in 2019 and officially launched in 2021 with the ambitious goal of raising $12 million and engaging 30,000 volunteer hours over three years, the campaign was

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MOFGA’s 2023 Certification Program Report

MOFGA’s certification program had a busy but productive year in 2023, completing all required inspections and reviews, all while navigating implementation of the largest U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) rule change since its inception in 2002. The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) rule became effective on March 20, 2023, and will be

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Starting a Farm in Uncertain Climate Times

Hi all, My name is Bo Dennis, and I am the beginning farmer program specialist at MOFGA. I am also the farmer at Dandy Ram Farm, a flower farm based in Penobscot territory of Monroe, Maine. Each year, I see the direct effects of climate change on our farm — the intense storms with flooding

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USDA Releases 2022 Agriculture Census Data

Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducts a nation-wide survey of farmers and ranchers to understand the trends in “land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.” These data can be teased out at the state- and even the county-level to help us understand how farming has changed

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Black History Month Reading List

In honor of Black History Month, MOFGA is excited to highlight Black agrarian and environmental history. We took a look back at books we reviewed in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener featuring diverse perspectives from Black voices. This list includes celebrations of Black agrarian joy, spiritual traditions, intersectional environmentalism and more.  “The Art &

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MOFGA Certification Services Wins Data Quality Award

MOFGA’s Certification Services (MCS) was recently recognized with an Investing in INTEGRITY Data Quality Award for the second time in three years. The award, given by the United States Department of Agriculture National Organic Program recognizes accredited organic certifiers for their “extraordinary support of the National Organic Standards.” Congratulations MCS! “Credit should go first and

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