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- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.

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
Brain injury and pesticide exposure combo may triple Parkinson's risk
CBC News - 11/13/2012.
By Ryan Jaslow – A study of 357 Californians with Parkinson's disease and 754 without found that 36 percent with the disease were more likely to report exposure to the herbicide paraquat than those without the disease. Other factors are also associated with the disease.
Farmer-owned MOOMilk making slow but steady progress
Bangor Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Edmunds: Three years after its inception, Maine’s own organic brand of milk, MOOMilk, is making slow but steady progress – sales are up 20 percent over the last four months – while creating a business model that other farmers are watching closely.
Antibiotic resistance killing off bees
Yale Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Emma Goldberg – Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Nancy Moran had published a study showing that beneficial bacteria found in the guts of honeybees have acquired genes that make bees resistant to tetracycline, an antibiotic used to prevent colony-destroying infections and other bacterial diseases.
Pest Prevention by Design
SPIN - 11/5/2012.
By Chris Geiger and Caroline Cox – This 86-page publication provides guidelines for designing and building pests out of buildings – to save on pest control and environmental costs. Free at http://www.sustainableplaces.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FINAL-PPBD-Guidelines-11-6-2012.pdf
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