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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
Back to their roots
The Daily - 7/30/2012.
By Chavie Lieber – They see themselves as innovators, much like their 20-something contemporaries who have flocked to Silicon Valley to change the world. But this group is venturing to a different field — literally. Enthusiasm for agriculture is surging among a new generation of younger people who are choosing careers tending to the land.
Nothing small about it: microloans give new farmers a needed boost
Grist - 7/30/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – Nelida Martinez started selling vegetables from her community garden to help pay for her son’s treatment for leukemia, and then got hooked up with Viva Farms, a farm incubator program in Washington state’s Skagit Valley that helped her access land she could farm as if it were her own.
Chronic drought will become new normal across parts of US
Treehugger - 7/30/2012.
Mat McDermott – Scientists writing in Nature Geoscience have made a rather grim forecast for the coming century: The chronic drought conditions that hit the western US from 2000-2004, the strongest in 800 years, will become normal conditions.
Study: Will better feed for cows yield healthier milk?
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/30/2012.
Jennifer Mitchell – A new study, funded by the federal government, is looking at the connection between what cows eat and the quality of milk they produce. With rising concerns over heart disease and high cholesterol, some members of the dairy industry are looking to the $3 million USDA study to help farmers make a healthier form of milkfat.
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