MOFGA’s Top 10 for 2023

December 22, 2023
Red tractor in a barn doorway

In the final days of 2023, MOFGA is reflecting on all that we’ve accomplished together this year. With your help, we: 

  1. Worked to address climate change by launching new climate-smart farming programming for farmers, including resources like our no-till farming video.
  2. Built on 50 years of leadership promoting organic farming practices by facilitating the USDA’s Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) for Maine.
  3. Continued to address the ongoing PFAS chemical crisis. Learn more from FoodPrint’s What You’re Eating podcast.
  4. Hosted the 48th annual Common Ground Country Fair and saw full speakers’ tents throughout the Fair weekend, with community members actively engaged in learning and connection.
  5. Facilitated the food sovereignty cohort for the First Light Learning Journey program and saw an increase in land rematriation to Maine tribes.
  6. Advocated for small-scale farmers in the federal Farm Bill and made progress at the state level by advocating for more than 60 bills during the 2023 legislative session.
  7. Showcased MOFGA organic certification during a visit from organic experts from the European Union.
  8. Continued to expand the fruit tree collection in the Maine Heritage Orchard and partnered with the USDA to distribute scionwood from their collection. 
  9. Educated over 2,200 people through MOFGA’s year-round workshops and witnessed the incredible support of our community through volunteer hours and donations to help rebuild and recover from the January barn fire. 
  10. Reached a new record high of over 15,000 MOFGA members and have nearly completed our 50th Anniversary Campaign.

To help ensure we cross the finish line of our 50th Anniversary Campaign, you can make a contribution to MOFGA before the end of the year. December 31, 2023, will be the last day your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by the Woodcock Foundation and go toward our campaign! Also, one more bonus item: Maine is the state best situated to increase agricultural acreage to help feed New England in the coming years. Learn more by listening to Sarah Alexander’s recent interview on Conversations from the Pointed Firs!

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