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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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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
Bumper crop of books on growing food
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Tom Atwell – An author gets a hot idea, perfect for the market at the moment. But then the book has to be written, edited, designed, published and delivered. And maybe the idea isn't as hot anymore. That probably explains why the mailbox this year has been filled with books about growing food – fruits, vegetables and herbs in containers, raised beds and the old-fashioned garden plot.
Maine observer: strawberry season sneaking north
Portland Press Herald - 4/11/2010.
By Richard C. Dillihunt – With spring looming, thoughts turn again to those cherub-like brilliant red bulbous fruits crouching low beneath protecting leaves, and wearing their seeds on the outside, in defiance of Mother Nature: strawberries!
Tips to help start the gardening season right
Bangor Daily News - 4/10/2010.
By Reeser Manley – Weather permitting, peas will be sown in Marjorie’s garden this weekend. The soil temperature at pea depth in the bed where they will grow peaked at 50 degrees during the day on Easter, the bare minimum for sowing peas, but it has been a warm week. It is time.
Seven food and resources crises on the horizon, and what you can do about it
Alternet - 4/9/2010.
By Roberta Cruger –The Organic Center's chief scientist Dr. Charles Benbrook recently spelled out seven serious problems that don't bode well for our health, natural resources, and climate change. While Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution and Michelle Obama's campaign are trying to bring awareness to the lousy American diet, TOC examines the adverse results of agricultural policies and practices. Dr. Benbrook lists the rise of "super weeds," ineffective antibiotics, and autism as examples, offering solutions we can do and changes for farms and the government.
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