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Plant a Row for MOFGA

March 1, 2019

Plan now and Plant a Row for MOFGA! MOFGA’s common kitchen is seeking donations year-round of organically raised food to support our educational and planning events. Would you consider planting a row of peas, greens, beans, squash, potatoes, cabbage or anything else you're eager to grow? We are accepting donations of honey and maple syrup too. Please reach out to common kitchen manager and food liaison Tamika Adjemian at tamika@mofga.org if you have any questions. And if you do plant a row, let us know on our Facebook page or use the hashtag #plantarowformofga on Instagram.

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MOFGA Staff Changes – March 1, 2019

MOFGA has hired Bo Dennis as its new farmer programs specialist.

Anna Swanson is the new Common Ground Country Fair coordinator.

Corinne Wesh, who has been a seasonal inspector for MOFGA Certification Services, has joined MCS in a year-round capacity.

Eric Buch left his position as director of membership and development in February to explore new professional opportunities.

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Volunteer Profile Aidan Richman

March 1, 2019 – When you talk with Aidan Richman, the words that keep coming up are “sustainability” and “ecology.” Now in his gap year after graduating from Portland High School, he is spending his time meeting new people and listening to their stories. The ones he heard at the Common Ground Country Fair last fall from volunteers, staff and fairgoers make him even surer that he will set his sights on an education that has those two principles at its core.

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Successful LIF Workshops - November 2018

From November 15 to 18, 2018, MOFGA held its annual Low-impact Forestry Workshop series, a field-based curriculum in low-impact logging and safe extraction techniques. The four days included a one-day Introduction to Low-impact Forestry class followed by three concurrent three-day intensives: Chainsaw Safety, Logging with Draft Animals, Logging with Hand Tools and Small Machinery. We had a strong turnout (35 registered students), with a couple coming from as far as Maryland and one from California. Despite the arrival of the first snowstorm of the season, class proceeded as planned, and all attendees were good sports in the face of unseasonable cold. Students from the draft animal and the small machinery tracks worked together to extract an impressive amount of wood from the woodlot (stand 7): approximately two winters’ worth of firewood for MOFGA's farmers in residence.

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