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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 more opportunity 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
Maine Maple Sunday: tasty maple treats
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2010.
By Wendy Almeida – The sweetness of early spring is almost here, which in this state means Maine Maple Sunday. Sugarhouse treats abound next weekend, with plenty of free samples to be found around the state.
The Plant Geek no shrinking violet with his opinions
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/22/2010.
By Tom Atwell – The beauty of plant geeks is that they not only know about plants, they also have opinions about plants. Put Jim Masse, nursery manager at Estabrook’s, in that category. His talk last Sunday at the Portland Flower Show was called “The Plant Geek Speaks: Exciting Underused Plants,” and it offered a slightly different look at the garden world.
Couple taps into cider business
Kennebec Journal - 3/22/2010.
By Betty Adams – East Winthrop: The dark red shoots rise from gnarled limbs of dwarf apple trees, near where a stream widens toward a pond. This fall, the fruit from those branches is destined to form the base of iced cider to be produced by a new venture – the Kennebec Cider Company. Ben and Betsy Parks-Stamm, both 30, bought the six-acre former Whit's Orchard last fall and have set up a cider-making operation in the lower-level garage of the ranch home.
Researchers: HRCS is much worse than table sugar
Grist - 3/22/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The long-running, contentious debate over the dangers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) may be approaching a conclusive end – one not likely to please those sensitive souls over at the Corn Refiners Association.
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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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