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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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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 more opportunity 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. Will Porensky photo.

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
Pesticides linked to bee decline for first time in a countrywide field study
The Guardian [UK] - 8/20/2015.
By Alison Benjamin - Landscape-wide research by former UK government agency on oilseed rape fields in England and Wales shows link between neonicotinoids and honeybee colony losses.
The EPA Doesn't Know How to Deal With 300 Million Tons of Animal Poop
Bloomberg - 8/20/2015.
By Mark Drajem - Rene Miller grew up on a seven-acre slip of Duplin County, N.C., where her mother, Daisy, raised corn, chickens, and hogs. Now, what was a neighbor’s tobacco farm across the narrow two-lane road is a field where a giant sprinkler sprays waste from an industrial hog-raising operation onto whatever happens to be planted there – corn, hay, soybeans. The force of the liquefied manure is so strong it splatters the street sign Miller installed to mark Daisy Miller Lane. “I can’t go out in my yard to watch the cars go by. I can’t put my clothes out on the line,” she says. “It stinks.”
There Might Be Fracking Wastewater on Your Organic Fruits and Veggies
Mother Jones - 8/20/2015.
By Josh Harkinson - The US Department of Agriculture's organics standards, written 15 years ago, strictly ban petroleum-derived fertilizers commonly used in conventional agriculture. But the same rules do not prohibit farmers from irrigating their crops with petroleum-laced wastewater obtained from oil and gas wells – a practice that is increasingly common in drought-stricken Southern California.
Schooner Loaded with 11 Tons of Local Food to Set Sail for Boston
The Free Press - 8/20/2015.
By Andy O’Brien - It’s been about a hundred years since cargo schooners sailed the waters of Penobscot Bay with any regularity, but this Sunday, August 23, the two-masted Harvey Gamage will set off from the Fox Islands Thorofare at North Haven, loaded up with a ton of locally produced food.
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