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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Russell Libby
The awards are granted to honor the late Russell Libby, who led the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association for 17 years and dedicated his life to growing the organic food movement. The scholarships offer support to students seeking to deepen their knowledge of organic and sustainable farm systems.

Apply now for one of three Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories:

• MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

• Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming at a college in Maine

• Kennebec Valley Community College student studying sustainable agriculture

The scholarship application deadline is MARCH 5, 2017

Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarship Application

If the button above does not work, click on this link or copy and paste the text into your browser URL window: https://pressherald.wufoo.com/forms/m11pldlm1bo69i9/

Winners will be notified by Friday, March 17. Winners will be contacted by the staff of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for inclusion in a write-up in SOURCE. Winners are also invited to attend the 3rd Annual SOURCE Sustainability Awards on Wednesday, April 6, 2017 at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, where they will be recognized and awarded the scholarship.

For further information about Russell Libby Agricultural Scholarships, contact: dmacphee@mofga.org. For details about the Source Sustainability Awards, contact: smanning@mainetoday.com

The Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Awards are a joint project of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the Maine Sunday Telegram/Source and are generously supported by Lee Auto Malls.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
If you like milk products, you may need to buy a cow
Kennebec Journal - 10/26/2009.
Letter to editor by Rebecca Myers Law – While the attention of the nation is focused on the health-care debate, a quiet death blow is being dealt to Maine's dairy farming tradition, as well as dairy farms large and small across the nation. With milk prices at $9 to $10 per hundredweight for most of this year, no producer can survive.
Swedes put first carbon labels on food
Treehugger - 10/24/2009.
By Brian Merchant –When Swedes examine the packaging of their food products, they're going to see more than nutritional information – now there's going to be a 'carbon label' right next to it. The labels read 'Climate declared: X kg CO2 per kg of product," so people will know just how much greenhouse gas their food is contributing to climate change.
Amish families reviving farms in Thorndike, Unity
Bangor Daily News - 10/24/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Unity: New families are settling down on the old family farms. Amish families began relocating to farms in Unity and Thorndike two summers ago, and there are now nine extended Amish families in the area.
Using garden ethic in public places
Bangor Daily News - 10/24/2009.
By Reeser Manley – In his essay, “The Idea of a Garden,” published in 2003 in his book, “Second Nature,” Pollan describes the dilemma facing a community after a tornado devastates the local old-growth pine forest, Cathedral Pines, requiring a decision by the residents on the area’s future. Some community members wanted the area immediately cleared and replanted to pines, others advocated letting nature take her course in the area, still others focused on the economic value of the fallen timber and advocated harvesting as the first priority, followed by replanting.
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