Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Community \ MOFGA Notes

Read about MOFGA staff, board members, the Fair, volunteers, MOFGA members and more!

IRA Charitable Rollover – Your Retirement Distribution

December 2, 2017 – By Chris Hamilton, MOFGA Associate Director – Many of us have spent years setting aside funds in retirement accounts. We can use these funds to support our retirement AND to support worthy causes such as MOFGA. One simple way is to list MOFGA as a beneficiary of retirement funds. Upon your death, MOFGA will receive the percentage of the funds you have specified. In the meantime, upon turning age 70-1/2, we must begin to withdraw funds from certain retirement accounts according to IRS rules. Funds withdrawn from some types of retirement accounts are subject to state and federal income tax. Failure to withdraw the required amount can result in a 50 percent penalty on the funds not withdrawn.


Congratulations – September 2017

September 2017

Congratulations to …

Ryan Fahey Dennett and Michael Dennett on the birth of their daughter, Maeve.

Stowell Watters and Marina Steller on the birth of their daughter, DottieJo.

Gary Lawless on receiving the 2017 Constance H. Carlson Prize by the Maine Humanities Council for bringing poetry and the creative process to the people of Maine.


Condolences – Fall 2017

September 2017

Condolences to the family and friends of …

Sue Curra

Willow Ann Schwarz

Al Putnam


Thanks to Donors and Volunteers at 2017 Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA!

September 2017

The 6th Annual Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA was a great success! More than 300 community members participated and contributed to another wonderful skill-sharing event. The F&HD Committee would like to express special thanks to our volunteer workshop leaders for sharing their time, skill and materials; to everyone who contributed potluck dishes, stone soup ingredients and plants for the plant swap; and to the businesses that donated materials and the use of equipment: U-Haul of Bangor, Ellsworth Builders Supply and Hammond Lumber of Bangor.


MOFGA Volunteer Josiah Orm Hansen

September 2017 – Folks of a certain age often say, "Oh, if only we had some young volunteers in this organization." MOFGA has always been lucky in that regard, and the organization is one of the main reasons the average age of farmers has fallen in Maine – the only state with that distinction. Josiah Orm Hansen is a great example of that youth involvement in MOFGA and in rural Maine communities.