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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 more opportunity 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
Asian bee-eating hornets spreading rapidly in France
Treehugger - 8/19/2009.
By Matthew McDermott – As if we didn't have enough to worry about with declines in bee populations... Reuters reports that colonies of bee-eating Asian hornets (Vespa veluntina) are spreading rapidly in southwestern France.
Maine livestock farmers an endangered species
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Roger Fortin – Maine farmers are experiencing a gigantic forage crop failure due to continuous soaking rains. Our dairy and beef farmers, in fact, all livestock producers, face feed shortages this year combined with historic low commodity prices.
Rising rate of obesity endangers health reform
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.
Op-ed By Dr. Wendy Wolf – ... The increasing rate of obesity in children and adults (including the elderly) and the parallel growth in chronic diseases related to obesity including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some forms of cancer deserve as much attention as any other wide-spread epidemic.
Close to home: gardeners keep it in the family
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2009.
By Amy Martin – Gardening isn't just in the ground. It's in the blood. Kay Doucette traces her gardening skills back to her mother. "My parents made us work in the garden, and I hated every minute of it, or so I thought," she said. Doucette tied for the first-place Green Thumb award with Jack Doherty last month. The Scarborough Garden Club hosted the annual contest, in which gardens are nominated and judged by a panel of club members.
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