Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
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MOFGA volunteers are featured in every issue of The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener.

Meet MOFGA Volunteer Jo Ann Myers

June 2019

Jo Ann Myers comes from a farm family in northeastern Connecticut and spent a rather peripatetic lifestyle living in Alaska, Washington state and Kentucky while working on rural health systems. After that she and her husband, Wayne, finally landed in Waldoboro on the farm named after JoAnn's French Canadian ancestors, Beau Chemin Preservation Farm. Beau Chemin means "beautiful path," which certainly describes Myers' journey.

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MOFGA Volunteer 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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MOFGA Volunteer Survey

October 15, 2018

Did you volunteer for the Common Ground Country Fair? Have you volunteered at MOFGA in the past? If so, thank you! We would like to solicit feedback from our large and dedicated volunteer community so that we can improve your experience. Please complete our short Volunteer Survey. As you fill it out, supplemental questions will appear in a few places to ask for more detail, but it should only take about 10 minutes to give us your feedback. If you would prefer a paper copy, please call 207-568-4142.

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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.

 

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MOFGA Volunteer Paul Schlein

June 1, 2018 – Paul Schlein says he’s never been a joiner, but during his eight years as the public information officer for the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), he came to admire and respect the work that MOFGA does – attending and commenting at every BPC meeting as well as during rulemaking for bills concerning pesticides. So he joined MOFGA and its Public Policy Committee. Since then he has worked on public policy teach-ins at the Common Ground Country Fair along with other activities of that committee.

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