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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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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!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Growing success from a compost heap
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/21/2010.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: For Carlos Quijano's business, the recession had a silver lining. That's because when times are tight, many consumers stay home to save cash. And home is where the garden is. Quijano's Coast of Maine Organic Products, a Portland-based maker of nutrient-rich mulch and garden soil, starts with cast-offs from some of Maine's best-known industries – lobsters, blueberries and forestry.
New owner has help with plans to get Scarborough farm growing
Portland Press Herald - 11/20/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough: Farming will make a comeback at the old Fancy family property on Ash Swamp Road. Daniel Mays is the new owner of the 13-acre property, a former gentleman's farm that hasn't been worked for about a decade. He plans to start by growing vegetables on 1-1/2 acres and offering a small community-support agriculture program next year.
Building networks with ‘slow money’
Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Belfast: Clayton Blake, owner of one of the only slaughterhouses in extreme eastern Maine, ambled up to the microphone and addressed an audience of a couple hundred. “My name’s Clayton Blake,” he said. “I need money.”
The Winter I Had to Live Almost Completely on Potatoes ... And Loved It
Alternet - 11/19/2010.
By Carol Deppe – Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is currently eating nothing but potatoes for two months, 20 5.3 ounce potatoes a day. When I read about it, my reaction was, Hey, what's so hard about that? Last winter, I ate pretty nearly all potatoes for about six months. It was a feast all winter!
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September 1 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Seed Saving and Crop Diversity

September 9 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Biodynamic Farming

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