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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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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
Monsanto wins dismissal of Maine organic growers’ gene-patent suit
Bangor Daily News - 2/28/2012.
By Don Jeffrey (Bloomberg News) – New York: Monsanto Co., the world’s largest seed company, has won the dismissal of a lawsuit by growers of organic crops, including some from Maine, seeking to have its patents for genetically altered seeds invalidated. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan threw out the organic growers’ lawsuit in a ruling dated Feb. 24, saying it represented no controversy and that she had no jurisdiction over the suit.
Judge sides with Monsanto: ridicules farmers’ right to grow food without fear, contamination and economic harm
Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association - 2/27/2012.
On February 24, Judge Naomi Buchwald handed down her ruling on a motion to dismiss in the case of Organic Seed Growers and Trade Assn et al v. Monsanto after hearing oral argument on January 31st in Federal District Court in Manhattan. Her ruling to dismiss the case brought against Monsanto on behalf of organic farmers, seed growers and agricultural organizations representing farmers and citizens was met with great disappointment by the plaintiffs.
Judge dismisses organic farmers’ case against Monsanto
National Public Radio - 2/27/2012.
By Eliza Barclay – A New York federal court today dismissed a lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto brought by thousands of certified organic farmers. The farmers hoped the suit would protect them against infringing on the company's crop patents in the future.
Early sap? Go with the flow
Portland Press Herald - 2/27/2012.
By Beth Quimby – Michael Bryant usually starts tapping maples for his Newfield sugarhouse during the fourth week of February. This year he pushed the date up to Feb. 10. "This is the earliest since I started in the 1980s," said Bryant, a third-generation syrup producer and owner of Hilltop Boilers.
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