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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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MOFGA's Low-Income CSAs Fundraiser
We have reached our $6,000 goal!

Thanks to more than 60 generous donors, we raised more than $6,000 toward our effort to help seven organic farmers offer half-price CSA shares of healthy, organic food to low-income Maine families! We are so grateful to all of you! This fundraiser runs until May 27, and donations are still welcomed.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
20 foods that make you smarter
Alternet - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Ost, EcoSalon – Simply put, your brain likes to eat. And it likes powerful fuel: quality fats, antioxidants, and small, steady amounts of the best carbs. On a deadline? Need to rally? Avoid the soda, vending machine snacks and tempting Starbucks and go for these powerful brain boosters instead. The path to a bigger, better brain is loaded with Omega-3 fats, antioxidants, and fiber.
New spout could alter syrup industry
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2009.
Associated Press: Williamstown, Vt. — It's 2 inches tall, costs about 35 cents and looks like a tiny rocket ship. But it has big potential: Scientists at the University of Vermont who developed a new maple spout adapter say it could revolutionize the syrup industry, extending the annual harvest by weeks and boosting sap yields by up to 90 percent per tree. The tiny nylon device, which has been in development for two years and was unveiled publicly Monday, works with vacuum tubing systems used by most maple sugar producers by inhibiting the reverse flow of sap into trees that occurs when pumps are shut off or holes develop in the tubing.
Toss toxics safely
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
AUGUSTA: The Maine Board of Pesticides Control will dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen or otherwise rendered unusable – at no cost to homeowners.
State calls herbicide’s risk minimal; residents worry about toxicity, ‘collateral damage’ in milfoil fight
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2009.
By Craig Crosby – The chemical the state plans to use to control milfoil in Salmon Lake can pose a risk to people, plants and animals – but when used according to guidelines, those risks are negligible. ... The state plans to use the herbicide 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid – better known as 2,4-D – to control Eurasian milfoil in Kozy Cove near the Salmon Lake outlet.
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May 26 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

May 27 - Farm Training Project Workshop, Starting with the Soil: Sustainable Soil Management

June 3 - Farm Training Project Workshop – So You Wanna Work with Steel?

June 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Pest Control

June 10 - Pasture and Forage Management Workshop

June 13 - Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA

June 16 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Ecological Weed Management

June 17 - Pasture and Forage Management workshop

June 23 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Creative and Collaborative Marketing

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