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USDA-NOP and European Commission Visit Maine

MOFGA Certification Services Hosts USDA-NOP and the European Union’s Peer Review On September 18-20, 2023, MOFGA Certification Services (MCS) hosted the European Commission’s peer review of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP). Peer reviews are part of any organic equivalency arrangement between the USDA and another country, and are designed to

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MOFGA’s 2023 Winter Reading List

Looking to cozy up with a good book as the weather turns colder? Here’s a look back at some of our favorite books reviewed in The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener in 2023. The short list includes a book on body mechanics and movement ecology that may be useful for farmers and gardeners, as well

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Read the Winter Issue of The MOF&G

Check out the winter issue of MOFGA’s publication, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener! In it, you’ll find tips for the farm, garden and homestead — including articles on growing potatoes in your organic garden, chickpea production in the Northeast, hoof care for livestock, and cooking with shallots and leeks. Plus, this issue features Migrant Justice’s Milk

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Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Annual Farmer to Farmer Conference

Every year Maine’s farmers come together at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s (MOFGA’s) Farmer to Farmer Conference to learn from peers and practitioners. Farmers and agricultural service providers participate in three days of programming, with farm tours, and over 30 educational sessions covering everything from farm planning and systematizing operations to farm management

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Over 64,000 attend the 2023 Common Ground Country Fair

MOFGA welcomed 64,162 attendees to the Common Ground Country Fair this year. This makes 2023 the third largest fair since its founding in 1977. In an incredible feat, the Common Kitchen served over 6,000 meals to hungry volunteers. On Friday, MOFGA welcomed 72 school buses with 2,815 students and 892 teachers/chaperones. In addition to a

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MOFGA’s PFAS Work Featured on National Podcast

The National podcast FoodPrint recently released a new episode featuring MOFGA staff Sarah Alexander, executive director and Caleb Goossen, organic crop and conservation specialist. The episode, titled PFAS: The ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Your Food, features the discovery of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on Maine farmland and the work being done in the state to

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Top Three Ways to Get to the Common Ground Country Fair

If you’ve been to the Fair before, you’re quite likely familiar with the traffic situation. That is, the long line of cars that wends its way along the back roads to the fairgrounds. While the scenery along the drive is beautiful, and spending more time anticipating the sights, smells and sounds of the Fair can

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The Financial Impact of the Fair for MOFGA

When it comes to capturing the essence of the Common Ground Country Fair, longtime MOFGA volunteer and former board member Eli Berry does it well in his essay in “The Organic Farming Revolution: Past, Present, Future.” He writes: Each year at fair time, a family reunion of a kind takes place among visitors, participants, and

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Read the Fall Issue of The MOF&G

The fall issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, MOFGA’s quarterly publication, is now available! In it, you’ll find information on growing beets in your garden, potluck recipe ideas, tips for managing browntail moth, and more. Other topics include farm equipment for livestock, DNA fingerprinting for apple variety detection, and PFAS contamination in compost.

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