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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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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!

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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Food history you thought you knew
Island Advantage - 7/26/2012.
By Alice Wilkinson – Sandy Oliver is a real historian, but before you let that skew your idea of what she’s like, you need to see her in person. An audience of about 40 spent as much time laughing as listening, and almost as much time adding facts and memories about food to what Oliver said.
Local food systems touted at Maine conference
Portland Press Herald - 7/26/2012.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: When the granite industry left the small, rural town of Hardwick, Vt., during the last century, residents in the ensuing years were forced to leave town to find work. Then along came a group of farmers who relied on the land, on one another and on the promise of prosperity and good health from good food.
US drought rapidly intensifying
Kennebec Journal - 7/26/2012.
By Jim Suhr (AP) – St. Louis: The widest drought to grip the United States in decades is getting worse with no signs of abating, a new report warned Thursday, as state officials urged conservation and more ranchers considered selling cattle.
Senate panel debates living spaces for egg-layers
Bangor Daily News - 7/26/2012.
By Jim Abrams (AP) – Washington: The freedom of a hen to flap its wings and move around became an issue of congressional concern Thursday as a Senate committee discussed legislation to set national standards for the treatment of egg-laying hens.
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