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- Michael Pollan

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 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!

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!

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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Greg Marley, mushroom man, seeks to heal fungus fears
Bangor Daily News - 7/24/2010.
By Emily Burnham – For the past 35 years, Greg Marley, 55, has been a devoted amateur mycologist, teaching interested people about the many mushroom species right in our backyards in Maine that are delicious to eat and may confer a number of health benefits.
Introducing ‘The Monsanto Challenge’
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2010.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – About a month ago, I had the temerity to suggest that Maine Public Television question the use of the words "sustainable agriculture" when it accepts the sponsorship dollars of the Monsanto Corp. Monsanto's genetically modified seeds represent the opposite of sustainability. Monsanto sustains Monsanto through the monopoly of its genetically modified seed varieties, not farmers, who are on the hook to buy their seeds.
Council hears herbicide beefs
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2010.
By Keith Edwards – Augusta: City councilors appear to be seeking balance between concerns herbicides are putting residents’ health at risk and the need to prevent weeds from damaging sidewalks and other public areas.
Farmers find friends indeed
Portland Press Herald - 7/23/2010.
By Edward D. Murphy – Gorham: Tony Tanguay was on vacation near Greenville, but he didn't hesitate Wednesday night when he heard that a severe storm had blown down a barn on Ed and Becky Benson's dairy farm. Tanguay, who is a Central Maine Power Co. lineman and milks cows for the Bensons part time, didn't need much time to decide what to do when a relative sent him a text message about the storm and the damage it had caused.
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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

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