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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
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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We have reached our $6,000 goal!

Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, we raised more than $6,000 toward our effort to help seven organic farmers offer half-price CSA shares of healthy, organic food to low-income Maine families! We are so grateful to all of you! This fundraiser runs until May 27, and donations are still welcomed.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Mainer fights cuts to organic farming
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind – Washington: When Sarah Smith's Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan needed help to create pastures where cows could graze even in a summer drought, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program chipped in $1,300 and priceless expert advice. That and other programs that boost organic farmers could be cut as lawmakers struggle with spending priorities, with the focus on reducing the federal deficit and national debt.
Poll: Mainers want strong environmental laws
Bangor Daily News - 4/7/2011.
AP – Portland: A poll released as environmental laws come under attack in Augusta indicates Mainers want economic prosperity without rolling back environmental rules and regulations. The Critical Insights survey says nine of 10 Maine voters believe protection of the environment should be a priority, with 53 percent deeming it a “high priority.”
Lesson learned: appreciate everything that goes into a meal
Portland Press Herald - 4/6/2011.
By Anne Mahle – This winter, I've been working with a farmer/chef, Neal Foley, of Claddah Farms in Montville, where he raises all of his own animals and sells a good bit of them through butchery and cooking classes.
Skowhegan organic farmer to talk policy in Congress
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/5/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm likes to talk about organic foods and the $36.6 million in sales it generates annually in Maine. Smith, 29, will have plenty of opportunity to discuss all things organic Wednesday and Thursday when she travels to Washington D.C. to meet members of Congress.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

June 24 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing


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