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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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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
Egg recall grows as second Iowa farm is included
Portland Press Herald - 8/21/2010.
AP – Washington: More than a half-billion eggs have been recalled in the nationwide investigation of a salmonella outbreak that Friday expanded to include a second Iowa farm. The outbreak has already sickened more than 1,000 people and the toll of illnesses is expected to increase.
Maine mothers speak out against controversial chemical bisphenol-A
Kennebec Journal - 8/20/2010.
By Susan Cover – Augusta: Cheryl Denis of Portland is worried about the health of her two young girls. She testified Thursday before the state's Board of Environmental Protection in support of proposed rules to ban the sale of baby bottles, sippy cups and sports bottles that contain the chemical bisphenol-A.
Regulators hear testimony supporting bisphenol-A ban
Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2010.
AP – Augusta: A proposal to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby bottles, sippy cups, water bottles and other reusable food and beverage containers is getting a show of support from parents, scientists, doctors and nurses.
Dry season tough on some Maine farmers’ hay crop
Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2010.
By Dylan Riley – Bangor: Spots of summer drought in some areas of Maine are diminishing the yields of crops for some farmers this August. The summer season hasn’t been bad this year compared to last year’s almost endless rainfall, but the heat has left areas west of Skowhegan and in central Maine with very little precipitation. The dry heat has left shallow-rooted crops such as hay with plenty of quality but not as much quantity as June or July crop yields.
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