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Proposed Recommendation for Bylaws Changes in 2018

December 2017 – At its meeting in October, 2017, MOFGA’s board of directors proposed updating and simplifying language in the membership section of the organization’s bylaws. The primary reasons for the proposal are to broaden the terms of non-discrimination and to allow the board to adjust membership levels as needed without having to wait up to a full year for membership approval at the annual meeting.


Staff Changes at MOFGA – Winter 2017

December 2017 – Jacki Perkins is our new organic dairy and livestock specialist. We bid a sad farewell to Kristen Farrell. Andrew Graham has joined MOFGA as its community engagement coordinator. Anna Libby, formerly our volunteer coordinator, is now our educational programs coordinator. MOFGA welcomed Michele McCarthy as its first director of finance and administration.


Congratulations to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree

December 2017

Congratulations to U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, who received a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in October for her work on the national food system. The award recognizes visionaries across a broad range of backgrounds who influence how, why and what we eat.  Recipients are chosen by previous honorees, which include former First Lady Michelle Obama, Wendell Berry, Michael Pollan and Eliot Coleman.


Condolences – Winter 2017

December 2017 – Condolences to the family and friends of …

Dennis King, 75, a scientist, ecological farmer, iconoclast, a “pioneer” MOFGA farmer and an innovator who turned King Hill Farm in Penobscot into a green gem on the landscape.

Herbert William “Sam” Birch, 84, of Coopers Mills

Frederick M. Davis Sr. of Turner

Robert Cullen Stuart, who died in June in an accident.

Genio Bertin, Sara Faull and the Mandala Farm family for the loss of their Norwegian Fjord horse, Fyorgyn, who died of natural causes Sunday evening at this year's Common Ground Country Fair.


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.