Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association

Nathan ("Nate") Dorpalen

MOFGA's beginning farmer programs, including the Apprenticeship Program and the Farm Training Project, are made possible in part by the generosity of the Dorpalen Family and friends through the Nathan Dorpalen Memorial Fund.

Nathan ("Nate") Dorpalen died at the age of 26 in a hiking accident in northern Norway. At the time, Nate was studying for his master's in environmental agroecology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Aas, Norway. He earned his bachelor's in environmental studies at Bates College. During his time at Bates, Nate came to know MOFGA as a farm apprentice in Palermo, Maine, and by interviewing farmers for his senior thesis research on Maine's local and organic farming movements. Through this work, Nate developed a passion for small-scale, organic farming. He worked seasons at Chase Farm in Freedom, Maine; Rosie Creek Farm near Fairbanks, Alaska; and Full Sun Farm outside Asheville, North Carolina. Nate hoped to dedicate his career to supporting responsible farming practices and the farmers who make it possible. An avid hiker and traveler, Nate is loved and remembered for his adventurous spirit, thoughtful nature, and commitment to living his life with a strong environmental ethic.

The Nathan Dorpalen Memorial Fund has been established to honor Nate by supporting others who share his interest in local, small-scale farming through the beginning farmer programs and internships offered through MOFGA. Please consider donating in his memory. We are grateful for your support.

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This will take you to our secure donations site on Network for Good. Designate the Nathan Dorpalen Fund in the "Special Purpose" pull-down menu.

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Make checks payable to MOFGA and designate "Nathan Dorpalen Fund" on the check.
Mail to:
Nathan Dorpalen Memorial Fund
Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association
PO Box 170, Unity, ME  04988