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Condolences – March 2019

March 1, 2019

Condolences to the friends and family of …

Enid Wonnacott

Chris Blanchard

Thayden M. Farrington

John Howe

Warren Balgooyen

Peter Vido

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Generous Bequest Will Train Future Generations

March 1, 2019

By Chris Hamilton, MOFGA Associate Director

Paul Birdsall of Horsepower Farm in Penobscot was a thoughtful and caring leader in Maine’s agriculture community. For decades he played a central role at the Common Ground Country Fair, where he gave demonstrations and wagon rides with his draft horses, inspiring hundreds of fairgoers. He and his wife, Mollie, also hosted more than 150 apprentices on their farm. Sadly, Paul died last summer at age 91.

We are grateful to Paul and his family for their many years of involvement with MOFGA, and especially for his generous bequest.

It is fitting that Paul’s most generous and final gift will be added to MOFGA’s endowment where it will generate money to teach young farmers, host gardening and low impact forestry workshops, and support general operations of the organization.

The endowment is invested in socially responsible funds, with a portion of the annual income supporting MOFGA’s programs. Unless specified by the donor, bequests are invested in the endowment.

Bequests are an especially easy way to make a meaningful and lasting gift. As for Paul, people are often able to make much larger gifts through their estates. They can give cash, appreciated stocks, retirement funds, real estate or a life insurance policy. In recent years MOFGA has received a number of bequests. The process is simple.

Here is sample language to include in your will:

“I give, devise and bequeath to Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association of Unity, Maine, the sum of $__________ (or a description of the specific asset), for the benefit of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and its general purposes.”

We are honored to have received Paul’s bequest. He will be greatly missed, but his legacy will continue for future generations.

For more information about planned giving options and bequests, please contact Chris Hamilton, MOFGA’s associate director, at chamilton@mofga.org or 207-568-4142.

 

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Triple Thanks!

January 25, 2019

MOFGA recognized three people at its annual meeting on January 15, 2019.

John Bunker was honored "for his work in protecting Maine's heritage apples and bringing the Maine Heritage Orchard to fruition." A few trees in the MEHO bore their first fruits in 2018!

Scott Budde and MOFGA board member Sam May were recognized for their work on the Maine Harvest Credit Project. The two reported that they hope to open the credit union doors in mid-2019. It will be the first credit union organized around a better food system through lending to small farms and food producers.

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Amanda Beal to Lead Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

MOFGA Hails Commissioner Nomination as Ideal Choice

January 18, 2019 (Unity, ME) – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) announced unbridled enthusiasm for Amanda Beal, Governor Janet Mills' choice for State Commissioner of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF). This was Mills' final nomination of dynamic individuals who will lead the major departments of Maine's state government. Beal has stepped down from her role as board member of MOFGA, where she served for 14 years including two as president, and will now transition from her role as president and CEO of Maine Farmland Trust.

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2019 Common Ground Country Fair Poster Unveiled!

January 15, 2019

A highlight during MOFGA day at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show was unveiling the 2019 Common Ground Country Fair poster. The poster features two Dexter heifers posing with oats and red and crimson clover. Dexters are raised for dairy, beef and draft power, making them an excellent triple-purpose breed for homesteads. Local artist Kevin Martin of Vinalhaven created the design – an engaging and fitting image for the 43rd annual Common Ground Country Fair, September 20, 21 and 22. Posters are available through MOFGA's online Country Store.

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