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- Rebecca Solnit

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 there are a couple of opportunities 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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Author Q&A: Eats of Eden
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/31/2013.
By Tom Atwell - A new book by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman teaches beginning gardeners how to grow and cook their own food.
Could edamame be a magic bean?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/31/2013.
By Jeannie Nuss, AP - A small but growing number of farmers have been experimenting with an edible soybean as they look to capitalize on Americans' interest in adding non-meat proteins to their diets.
Dairies in California consider incentives to move out of state
Los Angeles Times - 3/30/2013.
By Ricardo Lopez – Other states have long poached California manufacturers and jobs. Now they're coming for the cows. The pitch: cheaper farm land, lower taxes, fewer environmental regulations and higher prices for their milk.
USDA Invites Applications for Renewable Energy System and Energy Efficiency Improvement Projects
USDA - 3/29/2013.
USDA is seeking applications to provide assistance to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Funding is available from USDA's Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). Deadline: April 30.
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