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Phone: 207-568-4142
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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is excited to announce that the Common Ground Country Fair 
Poster Design Contest for the 2017 Fair is accepting submissions. The Common Ground Country Fair poster is the highly regarded image that promotes MOFGA's annual celebration of rural living.

The winning artist receives $2,500, a press release, and is highlighted in MOFGA's quarterly newspaper, The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener. The selected design is also featured on the Fair poster, website, T-shirt and in promotional literature. The theme of the design must align with MOFGA's mission and the general guidelines for participating in the Fair. We welcome all Maine residents and MOFGA members to enter submissions by August 5, 2016, only a few weeks away. The poster guidelines and application are available at www.mofga.org/TheFair/Poster. For more information please contact the Fair office at commonground@mofga.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
How homesteader, activist, writer Mort Mather found happiness in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2016.
By Meg Haskell - Wells, Maine: On a recent sunny morning, Mort Mather, wearing a grubby white T-shirt, dungarees and a tattered broad-brim hat, stood barefoot under a pear tree in his backyard, contentedly washing a pile of fresh-picked lettuce from his garden. Mather, 78, has been washing lettuce in Maine for a long time. He was at the forefront of the wave of idealistic, young out-of-staters who moved to Maine in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The back-to-the-landers saw in Maine the potential to live a simpler, more rural life and reclaim an element of independence from the growing influence of corporations and the politics of Vietnam War-era America. “We didn’t know we were part of a movement,” Mather said of those early days. “We were just living our lives.”
GMO labeling bill exposes rift between Maine, national organic trade groups
Bangor Daily News - 7/15/2016.
By Anthony Brino - A membership group of organic seed growers led by Bridgewater farmer Jim Gerritsen has split ranks with a large national organic trade group in a dispute over how best to require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops.
Paying Farmers to Go Organic, Even Before the Crops Come In
The New York Times - 7/14/2016.
By Stephanie Strom: Denair, Calif. – The last time Wendell Naraghi tried to make money from organic nuts, in the 1980s, he failed miserably. “Basically, we stopped because no one paid me,” said Mr. Naraghi, whose father started the family’s large nut orchards here in the Central Valley in the 1940s. “There just was no market premium for organic.” Today, the problem is turned upside down: Companies can’t get enough organic ingredients to satisfy consumer desire for organic and nongenetically modified foods.
Young Dairy Farmers: The Milkhouse
Maine Farmland Trust - 7/14/2016.
By Jenny Nelson - Caitlin Frame, her partner Andy and their son Linus own and operate The Milkhouse, a certified organic farm and creamery in Monmouth, where they produce milk and yogurt, as well as pork, beef, and eggs. They sell their bottled milk and yogurt to stores across the state, have a farmstand in their barn, and sell fluid milk to Horizon Organic.
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