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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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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine


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Pheonix Obrien
Pheonix Obrien, one of MOFGA's farmers in residence, cultivates just-germinated carrots. Photo by Megan Gardner.


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Our Farmers in Residence, Megan Gardner and Pheonix Obrien, are posting weekly updates about their farming experiences at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center on our Facebook Page. Follow this young couple as they learn and grow.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Climate Change Could Bring More Sandy-Like Disasters, Study Says
Weather Underground - 1/26/2013.
By Andrew Freedman - The track of Hurricane Sandy was unprecedented in the historical record of North Atlantic Ocean Basin hurricanes, and its deadly storm surge - while exceedingly rare - is likely to become a more frequent event as the climate continues to warm due in large part to manmade greenhouse gas emissions. Those are the conclusions of a forthcoming study from researchers at NASA and Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Observatory.
Hankering for fresh, in-season farmers' market food?
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 1/26/2013.
By Holly S. Edwards - Just because it's wicked cold outside and thoughts of the growing and harvesting season seem out of reach, doesn't mean access to locally grown and organic fruits, vegetables and legumes are also out of reach right now.
Coastal Farms enters 2013 a little wiser, still wide-eyed
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 1/25/2013.
By Ethan Andrews - Jan Anderson was serving on the City Council in 2009 when she first shared her vision of Belfast becoming a regional storage and processing hub for farmers and food entrepreneurs. Her hope was to convince her fellow councilors to invest in the idea as an economic development initiative.
Are Walmart and Big Food pushing for GMO labeling?
Grist - 1/25/2013.
By Tom Laskawy - Since food companies collectively spent over $45 million to stop Prop 37, California’s GMO labeling law, it’s hard to believe that they would turn around and push for a federal GMO labeling standard. But a trickle of reports, aspects of which we’ve now confirmed, suggests just such a turnabout.
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