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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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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
“Field notes: late blight in ‘09, how to avoid it in ‘10”
Organic Consumers - 10/29/2009.
By Amy LeBlanc – Having late blight arrive in my gardens in 2009 was like adding insult to injury. We managed to miss the early round of blight as we grow all our own seedlings. It did arrive on the wind however, and around July 18th I had decisions to make. Basically I decided I was NOT going to lose my tomato crop. That meant getting an NOP approved copper fungicide formulation – Champ WG. And we bought two new hand-held sprayers.
Reasons aplenty for raising, hunting your own meat
Portland Press Herald - 10/28/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Turns out most people don't like seeing the true face of food. This became clear after the Oct. 7 edition of the Press Herald hit subscribers' doorsteps. When readers flipped to the Food & Dining section they found themselves confronted with the crispy face of a roasted pig.
Smaller pumpkins, better pies
Portland Press Herald - 10/28/2009.
By Brooke Dojny – Fall means mounds of pumpkins – enormous Halloween jack-o'-lanterns in all sorts of phantasmagorical shapes, and the small "baby" or sugar pumpkins, which, because they are sweeter and less fibrous, are a better choice for cooking and eating.
Journal article says suppressed study found GM corn killed ladybugs
Organic Consumers - 10/27/2009.
By Ken Roseboro – A recent article in Nature Biotechnology on how biotechnology companies restrict independent research described a study showing that a genetically modified corn killed ladybugs. The study was suppressed by the corn's developer.
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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

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