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MOFGA Seeks Kitchen Manager and Food Liaison

June 13, 2018 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) seeks an enthusiastic and energetic individual to manage and maintain the Common Kitchen, food donations and work with fair staff to coordinate food at the Common Ground Country Fair. This is a year-round, part-time position based in the town of Unity, Maine. A detailed job description is available here. Candidates for the position should submit pdf applications (including a cover letter, resume and three professional references) to: aprilb@mofga.org. The hiring committee will begin reviewing applications in the beginning of July. The position will remain open until MOFGA finds the ideal candidate.

MOFGA Awards Business Development Grants

June 4, 2018 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), thanks to support from the John Merck Fund, is awarding $3,000 grants to each of three MOFGA-certified organic businesses: Turtle Rock Farm in Brunswick, Ripley Farm in Dover-Foxcroft and Left Field Farm in Bowdoinham. The funding will enable these businesses to access technical and consulting services to increase their sales to wholesale markets. In addition, MOFGA has partnered with Slow Money Maine, which will support two additional applicants at $1,500 each: Two Farmers Farm in Saco and Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle.

Congratulations – June 2018

June 1, 2018

Jacki Martinez Perkins, MOFGA’s organic dairy and livestock specialist

• the 2018 winners of the $1,500 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships

• MOFGA-certified Tide Mill Organic Farm

CR Lawn on his retirement from Fedco Seeds

• Melissa Law, Benjamin Whalen, Abigail and Jeffrey Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm LLC in Windham

Cheryl Wixson, Stonington chef and MOFGA-certified organic farmer

Kathy Murray, integrated pest management specialist at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Frank Drummond, internationally recognized entomologist

MOFGA Pilots New Farm Resilience Program

June 1, 2018 – This summer MOFGA’s educational programs staff is piloting a comprehensive support and training program for advanced beginning farmers who have up to 10 years of experience. The Maine Farm Resilience Program will provide advanced technical support and personalized farm viability planning for farmers at this critical stage, when decisions are made about scale, systems, markets, staffing and family balance.

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