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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
Farmer prepared to defy town
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Cornville: A local farmer said he will proceed with a plan to spread 3,000 cubic yards of petroleum-contaminated soil on farmland despite the objection of the town planners. The Cornville Planning Board ruled Tuesday night that the proposal to truck soil from the C.N. Brown Oil Co. site – next to the Athens Elementary School – to the Strout dairy farm on West Ridge Road is subject to oversight by the town, not the state. Planners said the proposal is not farming, but an industrial and commercial use of land.
Police: be wise driving to Common Ground Fair
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
Unity: With about 60,000 people flocking to the Common Ground Country Fair this weekend, the village of Unity has the potential to be anything but unified, harmonious and cohesive. "We're sticking about 25,000 people (a day) in a relatively small spot, and they all just to have understand you can only put so many cars on a two-lane road," said Sgt. Dale Brown, of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Common Ground Country Fair to celebrate rural living this weekend
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: It’s the biggest birthday party in town, and you can be sure the cake is 100 percent organic. Tens of thousands of folks will descend on Unity this weekend for the 35th annual Common Ground Country Fair. The event is held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners’ Association, which also is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the group is marking both dates with a special focus on Maine agriculture.
Gluten-free options join Common Ground fare
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Last year, fair-goers asked for gluten-free options at the Common Ground Country Fair, and this Friday when the fair opens, they'll find them at the Tic Tac Taco stand. Run by Juliana Hoffmann, who recently moved back to Maine from New York City, where she owned a health food cafe, the new booth will serve three varieties of gluten-free tacos.
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