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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 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!

Left to right: Melissa Law, Ben Whalen, Abby and Jeff Fisher of Bumbleroot Organic Farm

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Ben Whalen and Melissa Law, who, with Jeff and Abby Fisher, are in their first year of growing vegetables, flowers and herbs at their Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Buxton. This MOFGA-certified organic farm sells at the Saco Farmers' Market, the Kittery Community Market and through its community supported agriculture program. "The four of us share a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious, locally grown food," they say. "We are very excited to be a part of the Portland area's vibrant food community!" Learn more at on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Study links DDT residues, obesity in women
Organic Consumers - 3/20/2009.
By Jeff Alexander (Muskegon Chronicle, Michigan) – Researchers at Michigan State University have discovered that prenatal exposure to a derivative of DDT – an insecticide commonly used until it was banned in the 1970s – may play a role in the obesity epidemic in women.
Why what’s for dinner may be about to change
Alternet - 3/20/2009.
By Gwen Schantz – Industrial Agriculture is sooo 20th century. As America moves forward with a new agenda of change, our food system is getting a green, healthy makeover that promises to leave thousands of food and farm advocates with nothing to do.
Garden party
Grist - 3/20/2009.
By Tom Philpott – It's official, because it's been etched in the pages of our most sacred national chronicle. No, not the Federal Register – I'm talking about O Magazine. Here's the scoop: the Obamas will plant a veggie garden in the White House lawn.
Obamas To Plant Vegetable Garden At The White House
The New York Times - 3/20/2009.
Michelle Obama will begin digging up a patch of the South Lawn on Friday to plant a vegetable garden, the first at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden in World War II. There will be no beets — the president does not like them — but arugula will make the cut.
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