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News from the Sagadahoc MOFGA Chapter

June 1, 2020

The Sagadahoc MOFGA chapter supports community projects through sales of baked beans, cider and switchel at the Common Ground Country Fair. In 2020 it granted a request for $500 from Merrymeeting Gleaners to commission a painting for their van that delivers produce from area farms to many locations. Artist Michael Brinka previously did an interesting painting in the Brunswick Hannaford’s eating area. This gleaners’ trailer includes a CoolBot refrigeration unit and is used to store food donated by  local farms. "The festively painted trailer will also advertise the work of the gleaners and share the message of sharing with our neighbors," says Sue Sergeant, co-chair of the Sagadahoc chapter.


Meet Torie DeLisle – MOFGA's Membership and Development Director

June 2020

Torie DeLisle, MOFGA’s membership and development director, came to our organization from Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta, where she was director of development. She and her husband, August (a MOFGA journeyperson and a 2018 recipient of a Russell Libby agricultural scholarship), own their 5-acre WoodHaus Farm on Duck Puddle Road in Waldoboro. Their diversified farm is dedicated to homesteading and heritage breeds, including Americana chickens, Navajo Churro sheep and Mangalitsa/Large Black pigs.


Meet MOFGA Volunteer Rose Whitehead

June 2020

If ever there was a shining example of living gently on the earth, Rose Whitehead is it. From her recumbent tricycle to her off-grid house, she definitely is walking the talk in this community of both die-hard, back-to-the-land, aging hippies and younger folks who embrace the organic farming and homesteading lifestyle. Whitehead sees MOFGA as the “yes” in a world with too many “no to this, no to that” attitudes. She says, “We should say ‘yes’ to the future because that feeds our energy rather than drains it as we do this work.”


Tami Colburn, Fair Assistant

June 2020

We are excited to welcome back Tami Colburn for her fifth season as our Common Ground Country Fair assistant. Colburn brings with her four full seasons of experience and a great work ethic and positive attitude. She will be answering phone calls for the Fair office and helping with many other tasks. Grateful to have you back, Tami!



Interested in Volunteering to Help with the Virtual Common Ground Country Fair?

June 2020

We are working with our volunteer Planning Team to make our first virtual Fair an engaging and vibrant event. If you have a skill or want to help but don’t have a lot of time, please consider a volunteer shift. Our specific volunteer needs will be posted soon on our website. Please contact Andrew Graham, MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair volunteer coordinator, at [email protected] or 207-568-4142 to inquire about virtual Fair volunteer opportunities.


Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 26, 2020

Welcome to the Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week of May 26 (delayed a day due to Memorial Day). We are still sending these out weekly, so give it a quick look to keep updated with info and resources for your organic farm. Back issues of this newsletter are archived on the MOFGA website here. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].


Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 18, 2020

This is the Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 18, 2020, sent weekly (for now) with updates, links and info relevant to MOFGA organic farms – so give it at least a quick look! We try not to repeat too much from week to week, as back issues are archived and readily available on the MOFGA website here. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].


Farmer to Farmer in the Field: Dealing with Stress

May 12, 2020 – Online webinar. The stresses we experience now are new and many. This one-hour Zoom presentation features farmers talking about current stresses and effective coping strategies. Staff from MOFGA are joined by Karen Groat, farm coach and executive director of Family & Community Mediation; Leslie Forstadt, farm coach, human development specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension and director of the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program; and Polly Shyka, farm coach and co-owner/operator of Villageside Farm in Freedom. View the webinar recording on MOFGA's YouTube Channel: Part 1; Part 2.