MOFGA and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) are jointly administering a PFAS emergency relief fund to support any Maine farm dealing with potential per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. This fund is meant to serve as a safety net for farms. It provides funding for initial PFAS testing on farms that choose to do their own testing; offers short-term income replacement for farms that the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) has identified as having high test results; and provides funding for infrastructure adaptations to help PFAS-impacted farms remain viable.
To date, MOFGA and MFT have raised over $1 million from foundations, individuals and businesses for the emergency fund. Grandy Organics recently made a $10,000 donation to the fund following a communications and donation campaign. “We’re thankful for the awareness Grandy Organics is bringing to this issue,” said Sarah Alexander, MOFGA’s executive director. “Their donation will go to directly support the farms impacted by PFAS contamination and means a lot for the farming community as we all work to collectively ensure we have safe and healthy food for everyone.”
Grandy Organics joins a growing list of businesses pledging support to farmers facing this crisis. Others include The Lost Kitchen, Bangor Savings Bank, Rosemont Market & Bakery, Nina June restaurant, Belfast Community Co-op, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Farm Credit East, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Devenish Wines, Family Dinner, and Waterville Creates. Learn more about the PFAS Emergency Relief Fund.