Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


One year after becoming law, food sovereignty in Maine has taken hold


November 26, 2018 – By Julia Bayly, BangorDaily News – Since becoming law a year ago, the number of Maine towns and small communities with a food sovereignty ordinance has grown to more than 40. And according to those behind the movement, it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

Maine’s udder love affair with cheese


November 26, 2018 – By Kathryn Skelton, The Times Record – There are 74 cheesemakers milking four types of animals in what the Maine Cheese Guild says is one of the best states to make cheese — and they’re not just boasting.

Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board


November 26, 2018 – Federal Register – An in-person meeting will be held April 24-26, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Board will hear oral public comments via webinars on Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and at the in-person meeting on Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25, 2019. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comment at either the webinar or in-person meeting is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 4, 2019.

Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land


November 25, 2018 – By Steve Curwood, Living on Earth – Leah Penniman is an activist working towards environmental, racial, and food justice through her work at Soul Fire Farm, a collective of ten Black, Brown, and Jewish farmers. Their goal is to dismantle racism within the food system while reconnecting people of color to the earth. Leah has a new book called Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land. In it, she describes her journey as a woman of color reclaiming her space in the agricultural world, while providing a comprehensive guide for others who may want to follow her path.

Sanford to explore food sovereignty


November 24, 2018 – By Tammy Wells, Journal Tribune – Sanford is considering  joining some other Maine communities — the latest of which is Augusta — and adopting a food sovereignty ordinance.

Plant Genetics Matter for Organic Farmers


November 24, 2018 – By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant, Lancaster Farming – Plant genetics can make a big difference in yield to organic and conventional-to-organic transitioning farmers, according to Mark Schonbeck, PhD, who presented “Plant Genetics: Breeding and Variety Selection” as a recent webinar. Organic Farming Research Foundation and eOrganic hosted the event. Schonbeck represents the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Jonah Fertig-Burd

This friend of food cooperatives makes things happen behind the scenes.


November 22, 2018 – By Mary Pols, Portland Press Herald – When a new food-related cooperative in Maine is announced, the worker-owners tend to crowd together for a triumphant picture. Maybe there’s a banner. Whether the new owners are running a coffee roaster in Rockland or a farm in Lewiston, there are definitely big smiles.