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The Partridge Challenge
In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Join the Conversation About MOFGA's Future Work

Thank you to all who have joined us so far in talking about MOFGA's Vision, Values and Mission. There's still plenty of work ahead, and more opportunity for all of you to join the conversation. Visit the MOFGA Strategic Planning web page to see how you can get involved!

Garth Douston and Margaret McCollough. Photo by Danielle Walczak

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Garth Douston and Margaret McCollough of Sweet Thyme Farm in Arundel. This MOFGA-certified organic farm produces vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and cut flowers, which it sells at the North Berwick and Saco farmers' markets. "Local, certified organic, friendly, diversified and ecologically minded farming is the name of our game," say the farmers. Keep up with Sweet Thyme on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Bt resistant rootworm spreads
Institute for Science in Society - 10/31/2011.
By Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji – Bt is a toxin from the soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, which produces a large family of similar proteins that target different insect pests; and quite a few of them have been incorporated in genetically modified crops to act as ‘biopesticides’. Unfortunately, the pests soon develop resistance to it.
‘Hobby farm’ couple do part, feed hungry
Kennebec Journal - 10/30/2011.
By Bill Nemitz – It's not uncommon for someone to show up at the Bread of Life Soup Kitchen in Augusta with a bag full of fresh broccoli, tomatoes or other leftovers from their garden. In recent months, however, Glenn and Rachel Powers have taken that kind of community support to a whole new level. They're giving away the farm.
Cranberry juice beats extract at fighting infection
Treehugger - 10/30/2011.
By Christine Lepisto – Just between you and me, ladies, what do you do when you feel that irritating burn, knowing it can only mean a urinary tract infection? Do you run to the doctor's office for antibiotics, only to fight the yeast infection that sets in when drugs knock other systems out of balance? Then you probably haven't heard yet that cranberries can fight infections naturally, and very effectively.
New England shrimp target cut in half
Bangor Daily News - 10/29/2011.
AP – Portland: Fisheries regulators have set the start date for the shrimp season and halved the target for the amount of shrimp to be caught by New England fishermen. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission on Friday set a target of 2,000 metric tons, compared with 4,000 metric tons the year before.
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