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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!

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
‘Something silly’ hits Damariscotta
Bangor Daily News - 10/12/2009.
By Abigail Curtis – Damariscotta: Costumed people raced around Damariscotta Harbor on Sunday in giant pumpkins that were hollowed out and equipped with outboard motors. Two thousand people cheered them on from shore, clapping when they made it and clapping when they didn’t.
Something old, something new
Bangor Daily News - 10/12/2009.
By Meg Haskell – Maxfield: The dairy goats at Olde Oak Farm seemed right at home Sunday, munching on pasture grass and hobnobbing with the curious visitors who came to stroke their floppy ears, giggle at their capricious ways and sample the many tasty cheeses made from their milk. From the animals’ happy and relaxed demeanors, visitors never would have guessed the goats only recently were transplanted to the Maxfield farm from their former home in Orono.
$4.4 million in Federal funds to aid Maine agriculture
Kennebec Journal - 10/10/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: The state will receive $4.4 million in agriculture funding for projects targeting livestock health and late-blight in potatoes. The funds were included in the fiscal year 2010 agriculture appropriations bill the U.S. Senate approved Thursday.
Maine organic milk producers form company to save farms
Bangor Daily News - 10/10/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Bar Harbor: Last February, a group of Maine organic dairy farmers thought that their businesses as they knew them had come to an end. Citing a soft organic market, a depressed economy and the great distances to serve organic milk producers in far-flung Washington and Aroostook counties, 10 farms were given their pink slips by H.P. Hood Inc. The farmers were flabbergasted. Each had a contract, and all said they had made substantial investments in their farms to convert to organic. But this is rural Maine, and with true Yankee ingenuity, the 10 farmers banded together to find a solution.
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