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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!

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
Money doesn’t grow on trees and trees don’t grow on money
The Contrary Farmer - 5/23/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – I was so gratified to see Wendell Berry’s remarks in a recent interview where he makes a point about economics that is overlooked in these days when divisiveness rules the political roost. The general view is that the economic battle is between capitalism and socialism, but as Wendell observes, “both are industrial systems and they have made the same mistakes in some ways.”
Eco-warriors, arise
The Asian Age - 5/23/2012.
By Vandana Shiva – In June 2012, world leaders along with thousands of participants from governments, NGOs and environmental groups as well as the private sector will come together in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for Rio+20.
Learn how to save seeds at Seed School & Seed Camp
Portland Press Herald - 5/22/2012.
Avery Yale Kamila – By this point most gardeners have something sprouting in the vegetable patch and an army of seedlings waiting for their day in the sun. Even though the season is just beginning, it's time to start thinking about next year's garden and the seeds that will make it possible.
Drinking milk from happy cows ensures great-grandpa’s legacy
Kennebec Journal - 5/20/2012.
Op-ed by Liz Soares – My maternal great-grandparents lived in Tiverton, R.I., near the mill city of Fall River, Mass., a neighborhood of working-class homes packed closely together. The 1910 census shows that my grandfather and two great-uncles (also living in the house) were employed at the cotton mill a mile or so away. But, strangely, my great-grandfather was listed as a milkman. When I asked my mother to explain, she said, "He had a cow. He sold the milk."
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