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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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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!

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

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
First National-Scale Reconnaissance of Neonicotinoid Insecticides in United States Streams USGS
U.S. Geological Survey - 8/18/2015.
Neonicotinoid insecticides (neonicotinoids) were present in a little more than half of the streams sampled across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. This is the first national-scale study of the presence of neonicotinoids in urban and agricultural land use settings across the Nation and was completed as part of ongoing USGS investigations of pesticide levels in streams.
Study links uranium contamination of US groundwater to nitrate run-off from farming
Treehugger - 8/18/2015.
By Christine Lepisto - Uranium occurs naturally in soils. It is uranium that is responsible for the risk of radon in your house because radon is produced as uranium decays. But "natural" does not make uranium good.
Tyson Foods to close Iowa beef plant that employs 400; cites diminishing cattle herds as reason
Institute for Rural Journalism & Community Issues - 8/18/2015.
Tyson Foods, the largest meat company by sales, announced on Friday that diminishing cattle herds will force it to permanently close its Denison, Iowa, processing plant that employs 400 workers.
Farm to Ballet is Bringing Dance Lovers to Farm Fields
Civil Eats - 8/18/2015.
By Tove Danovich - A performance series in Vermont places dancers – and their audiences – on working farms.
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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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