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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.


Congratulations – June 2018

June 1, 2018

Jacki Martinez Perkins, MOFGA’s organic dairy and livestock specialist

• the 2018 winners of the $1,500 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships

• MOFGA-certified Tide Mill Organic Farm

CR Lawn on his retirement from Fedco Seeds

• Melissa Law, Benjamin Whalen, Abigail and Jeffrey Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm LLC in Windham

Cheryl Wixson, Stonington chef and MOFGA-certified organic farmer

Kathy Murray, integrated pest management specialist at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry

Frank Drummond, internationally recognized entomologist


MOFGA Pilots New Farm Resilience Program

June 1, 2018 – This summer MOFGA’s educational programs staff is piloting a comprehensive support and training program for advanced beginning farmers who have up to 10 years of experience. The Maine Farm Resilience Program will provide advanced technical support and personalized farm viability planning for farmers at this critical stage, when decisions are made about scale, systems, markets, staffing and family balance.


New Hires at MOFGA

June 1, 2018

MOFGA has hired Jack Kertesz as landscape coordinator and has hired Laura Sieger as orchard coordinator. In addition, MOFGA welcomes Steven Mozes as development coordinator and Hannah Murray as Low Impact Forestry specialist.