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Volunteer Profile Michael Bunker

September 1, 2018 – To say that running is Michael Bunker’s life might be an overstatement, but it certainly has been a major focus since at least his college days at the University of Southern Maine (USM). That explains why, when Jim Bovey stopped coordinating the 5K Sunday morning race at the Common Ground Country Fair, Bunker really missed it. The year that the race was not run, Heather Spalding, MOFGA’s deputy director, suggested that Bunker take on the coordinator job. He was soon organizing the race – “a great way to kick off Sunday morning at the Fair,” he says.



MOFGA Hires Kitchen Manager and Food Liaison

August 1, 2018

MOFGA has hired Tamika Adjemian as its Common Kitchen coordinator and Fair food liaison. She hails from the outskirts of New York City, where she directed a garden-to-table program for the 92Y Camps, with an outdoor kitchen and large organic garden featuring a unique variety of fruits, vegetables, medicinal plants and flowers. She also taught a multitude of students each summer about food provenance, food security and the importance of seeds. As a writer and chef with a focus on fresh, locally grown, preserved, fermented and creatively cooked food, she has been a culinary marketing consultant, recipe developer and home canning expert for Newell Brands (Ball® Brand). Adjemian has experience with CSA membership management, volunteer coordination and nonprofit work. She and her husband live on a wooded homestead in Clifton, where she is diligently working on a cookbook for Ogden Publishing.


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.