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MOFGA Staff Changes – Winter 2018-19

On October 4, 2018, longtime staff member and associate director of MCS Kate Newkirk retired from MOFGA Certification Services LLC. Our wonderful Fair coordinator, Eleanor Salazar, is leaving her position at MOFGA to manage a research project. Daniel MacPhee is leaving his position as MOFGA’s educational programs director to become the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education specialist with the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance.

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Meet Andrew Graham – MOFGA's Community Engagement Coordinator

December 1, 2018 – Andrew Graham, MOFGA’s community engagement coordinator, grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Kimberton Waldorf School from pre-school through grade 12, and in 2004 moved with his family to Vermont. He earned a bachelor’s degree in community and international development from the University of Vermont and then spent two years with AmeriCorps. He moved to Portland, Oregon, in 2011, and lived at an urban farm co-op before moving to Keene, New Hampshire, to attend Antioch University, where he earned a master’s degree in environmental studies. Graham loves to cook and do all things related to food, including growing and processing it. A Quaker, he believes that each of us has a duty to be an ally to people who are suffering and to speak up on behalf of people who are disenfranchised.

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MOFGA Volunteer Survey

October 15, 2018

Did you volunteer for the Common Ground Country Fair? Have you volunteered at MOFGA in the past? If so, thank you! We would like to solicit feedback from our large and dedicated volunteer community so that we can improve your experience. Please complete our short Volunteer Survey. As you fill it out, supplemental questions will appear in a few places to ask for more detail, but it should only take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback. If you would prefer a paper copy, please call 207-568-4142.

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MOFGA Receives Major USDA Grant for New Farmer Training

Three-year grant of $599,913 will support development of new Maine Farm Resilience Program targeting advanced-beginner farmers with five to nine years of experience

October 2, 2018 – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) today announced it has received a major farmer training grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The $599,913 award comes through the department's Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) and will help support training of 116 farmers over the next three years through MOFGA's existing Journeyperson Training Program and its new Maine Farm Resilience Program.

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