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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!

The Quincannon family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Bryan and Ali Quincannon and their family, of MOFGA-certified organic Eden Acres Family Farm in East Waterboro. Eden Acres grows over 30 varieties of unique and flavorful heirloom apples that are ready to pick beginning in August and continuing through mid-November. "Using beneficial, living organisms is at the heart of my approach in creating a healthy system for healthy trees to thrive and produce healthy apples," says Bryan. Keep up with Eden Acres on their website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Healthy Eaters, Strong Minds: What School Gardens Teach Kids
National Public Radio - 8/10/2015.
By Paige Pfleger, The Salt - School is still out for the summer, but at Eastern Senior High School in Washington, D.C., students are hard at work – outdoors. In a garden filled with flowers and beds bursting with vegetables and herbs, nearly a dozen teenagers are harvesting vegetables for the weekend's farmers market.
Seed Diversity Critical for Agriculture’s Future but Inadequate Funding Threatens Potential
Union of Concerned Scientists - 8/10/2015.
A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says that inadequate funding for seed development through classical breeding is compromising crop diversity. This oversight poses a serious threat to farmers’ profits and the nation’s food security. The USDA has the capacity to increase the range of crop varieties available to farmers by funding research proposals that aim to increase seed diversity, says UCS.
Judge Hits EPA Pesticide Ban Delays, Sets Oct. Date
Bloomberg - 8/10/2015.
By David Schultz - A federal appeals court judge harshly criticized the Environmental Protection Agency for using stall tactics to avoid making a decision on whether to ban the insecticide chlorpyrifos, originally developed by Dow AgroSciences and now used in products made by dozens of agrochemical companies.
Garlic harvesting 101
Bangor Daily News - 8/9/2015.
By Abigail Curtis - Jon Thurston of Searsmont, the 1997 and 2005 Maine Agriculture Teacher of the Year, grows a lot of garlic — nearly 3,000 heads of the pungent, beloved bulb this season. Recently, he helped the students at the school at the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project in Belfast harvest 1,000 bulbs of their own. Thurston shared some tips with the Bangor Daily News to help home gardeners take in and preserve their garlic crop.
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