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Protect Our Pollinators

April 2020

Pollinators play an essential role in our food system as well as our ecosystem, pollinating plants across our natural landscapes, crops, and gardens. The best way to protect pollinators is to transition pesticide-dependent production to organic agriculture, which we continue to do by growing the number of organic farms in Maine each year. Donate today to support this vital work, and help protect our pollinators, our food system, and our ecosystems.

COVID-19 Information and Support for Maine Farmers

This streamlined list of resources to support farmers during the Covid-19 pandemic, including food safety recommendations, customer relations, federal support programs, labor resources, mental health support services, networking and more is updated every 2-3 hours by MOFGA staff as part of a collaboration with the Beginning Farmer Resource Network. We are working hard to make sure farmers have access to the information needed in one clearinghouse. Farmers and members of the public can submit recommended resources or provide feedback directly to Bo Dennis ([email protected]).

No Maine Farm Should Go Out Of Business During This Pandemic

We need local, sustainable agriculture more than ever. Here's how to make that happen.

March 26, 2020

By Sarah Alexander, MOFGA Executive Director
SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND PRESS HERALD

As we figure out how to deal with day-to-day life during the coronavirus pandemic, we can be sure of one thing: We all need access to healthy, nutrient-dense food to help maintain our personal health.

 

 

 

Apply Now for a 2020 Russell Libby Agricultural Scholar Award

Three $1,500 scholarships will be awarded each year in the following categories –

MOFGA Journeyperson Program participant

Maine High School Senior planning to study sustainable or organic farming (preference for colleges in Maine)

Teacher, school or education center looking to support an agricultural related project in Maine, such as a campus garden, classroom project or a guest lecturer

2020 applications are now open. Deadline is APRIL 24, 2020.

Click here for information

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Meet Girard Farm in Lyman and Waterboro

March 12, 2020

Meet Josh Girard of Girard Farm in Lyman and Waterboro, Maine. Girard and his crew produce over 40 kinds of MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and organic eggs for farmers' markets in Biddeford, Saco, Wells and Berwick, and for a few grocers in Biddeford and Lyman. Girard Farm also sells through its farm stand at 385 Main Street in Waterboro and its Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs with drop-off available in Lyman, Portland and Biddeford.

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Meet MOFGA Volunteer Tim Libby

March 2020

Tim Libby spends most of his time in the woods: from the off-the-grid cabin he calls home in Union, Maine, to the thousands of acres of protected land he stewards as the forest and facilities manager at Midcoast Conservancy in Edgecomb. Most days he can be found at the conservancy’s Hidden Valley Nature Center in Jefferson. Libby credits his professional role in the woods to MOFGA’s Low-Impact Forestry (LIF) program. “Without my involvement with MOFGA, I wouldn’t be doing the work I’m doing today.” His experience gained with LIF, he feels, makes him a suitable caretaker for Midcoast Conservancy.

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Meet Ryan Dennett – MOFGA's Farmer Programs Director

March 2020

Ryan Fahey Dennett grew up in North Berwick, Maine, and earned a bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture and a master’s in plant and soil nutrition from the University of Maine. She was a MOFGA journeyperson, and she and her husband operate Crescent Run Farm in Gardiner, where they raise hogs, sheep, broilers and beef on MOFGA-certified organic pasture and grow MOFGA-certified organic hay. Their farm is located on Oaklands Farm, where the Dennetts also work in partnership to raise Oaklands' beef and hay. In February 2016 MOFGA welcomed Dennett as its New Farmer programs coordinator. She came to MOFGA from the Maine School Garden Network, where she coordinated programming, partnerships and fundraising. In early 2019 Dennett became MOFGA’s Educational Programs director, and now she directs our new Farmer Programs department, which combines our agricultural services and our farmer educational programs.

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