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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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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!

Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Rising CO2 in atmosphere speeds carbon loss from forest soils
Think Progress - 7/15/2012.
Elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide accelerate carbon cycling and soil carbon loss in forests, new research led by an Indiana University biologist has found.
Monroe a hot spot for hops
Bangor Daily News - 7/15/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Monroe: When people drive by Elm Hill Farm on Back Brooks Road, many of them stop to gawk at the acre of thick, green hop vines growing on trellises that stretch toward the sky.
Johnny’s Selected Seeds now owned by employees
Bangor Daily News - 7/12/2012.
By Alex Barber – Albion: Johnny’s Selected Seeds announced that it will be a 100 percent employee-owned company. The company, which is provides seeds, tools, information and sales, will hold an event celebrating the move at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13, at its research farm in Albion.
FDA approved drug produced in genetically engineered carrot cells
Treehugger - 7/12/2012.
By Ramon Gonzalez – This past spring Popular Science reported on the U.S. Federal Drug Administration's approval of a drug for humans that was produced in genetically engineered plant cells. The drug, called Elelyso, is used to treat a disorder known as Gaucher disease which results from the lack of a specific enzyme. The earlier treatment for Gaucher disease was derived from hamster cells.
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