|C.J. Walke, MOFGA's Librarian, nails down the final piece of hardwood flooring in MOFGA's library. A generous grant from the Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation provided funds to install flooring, shelving and other materials to make the Library more user-friendly.
MOFGA's library is the most frequently used facility at the Common Ground Education Center. In addition to being an educational resource for the public, MOFGA staff and volunteers use the office regularly for meetings and educational programs.
The library houses close to 2,000 volumes of sustainable agriculture books and dozens of periodicals and newsletters. In addition to hundreds of popular and academic books covering organic sustainable farming and gardening, the library includes dozens of old and out-of-print volumes. Essentially everything that has been written about sustainable agriculture in Maine, and some material from beyond, is represented and available to visitors for use in the library. Many of the books in this rich collection were donated by members and friends of MOFGA over the organization's 40-year history. Others were (and continue to be) acquired when MOFGA staff and members visited second-hand stores and yard sales, or purchased as funds permit.
These books and periodicals are a valuable asset to MOFGA's growing membership, especially to the increasing numbers of new, young farmers and homesteaders. Many of the resources in the collection exemplify the farmer-to-farmer model of knowledge exchange and include proceedings from our educational events through the years.
We are in the process of cataloging our collection and making it fully searchable on-line. Volunteer librarians are always welcome to help us organize materials and improve access to those materials for our patrons.