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New Hires at MOFGA

September 1, 2018

Caleb Goossen has been hired as MOFGA’s organic crop and conservation specialist. Goossen has a bachelor’s degree in plant biology and sustainable agriculture from Hampshire College, and he recently completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vermont, where he studied the fatty acid content of forage crops. He farmed organic vegetables in Vermont for nine years before graduate school. Welcome, Caleb!

MOFGA has hired Karen Stimpson as its grants manager. Stimpson was founding executive director of Maine Island Trail Association and has filled director roles with the Coastal Humane Society and the Maine Federation of Humane Societies. She has a bachelor’s degree in graphic and communicating arts and a U.S. Coast Guard third mate’s license. She has lived on a boat in Portland Harbor for 35 years. Welcome, Karen!


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.