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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 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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Mayor Brennan’s sustainable food initiative under way in Portland
Bangor Daily News - 8/15/2012.
By William Hall, The Forecaster – Portland: A new city initiative to improve access to healthy, sustainable food in Portland has plans to increase the use of locally produced food in the Portland Public Schools.
Pesticide-resistant insects add insult to drought injury
Grist - 8/14/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – Last winter, I wrote about evidence that one of Monsanto’s flagship GMO product lines – seeds engineered to produce the pesticide Bt – was succumbing to corn rootworms, the exact insects it was designed to kill. Now comes a report from Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on the damage rootworms are doing to the current corn crop and the very real concern farmers have that Monsanto’s seeds are no longer helping them control pests.
Friends, strangers help support organic farm in Bridgewater
Bangor Daily News - 8/13/2012.
By Jen Lynds – Wood Prairie Farm, operated by Jim and Megan Gerritsen of Bridgewater, grows potatoes, seed and vegetables. The couple’s sons, Caleb and Peter, also work on the farm and do most of the repair work on the farm’s equipment. The Gerritsen family has wanted to build an equipment repair shop on the property in order to maintain their vintage equipment, and to give their sons a warm, dry place to make repairs. The estimated $32,000 price tag, however, was an obstacle. The family recently overcame that hurdle thanks to a fundraising campaign launched via Indiegogo.com.
Three stories: Carson’s words inspired environmental activism
Portland Press Herald - 8/13/2012.
By North Cairn – For those who read Rachel Carson's 1962 bestseller, "Silent Spring," its impact often is not an abstract concept. It's personal. "Absolutely, I read 'Silent Spring' when I was in my mid-teens, maybe 14 or 15," recalled Deborah Aldridge of Mopang Lake, whose life was changed forever – not by Carson's book alone but in connection with an experience some months later.
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