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In Solidarity

June 4, 2020

MOFGA condemns race-based violence and stands in solidarity with black lives.

Systemic discrimination exists throughout the food system today. The agricultural system in our country is predicated on stolen land and labor. We must learn from and continue to work to address these injustices.

As a white-led organization with a primarily white membership base, MOFGA is at the beginning stages of understanding past harms and systems of racial oppression and we are committing to our own internal work of centering social justice. We hope to use the MOFGA platform to encourage others to engage in the work of racial justice.

At this time we would like to share our social media platforms with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) farmers, farm workers and food workers. If you would like to be highlighted on our feed, please contact us with a picture, link and details by emailing Lucy Cayard ([email protected]).

We encourage learning, listening, support, and advocacy from our community at this time.

Learn about racism in the food system:
Racial Inequity in the Food System from the National Young Farmers Coalition
Food-Systems-Racism: From Mistreatment to Transformation from Food First

Listen to Black, Indigenous and People of Color voices

Consider supporting these organizations (this is not an exhaustive list):
Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
National Black Farmers Association
Soul Fire Farm
Maine Wabanaki REACH
Nibezun
This Civil Eats article offers additional organizations to consider.

Consider supporting these Maine farms and businesses (this is not an exhaustive list):

Farmer Programs Newsletter for June 1, 2020

Welcome to the Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week of June 1. The summer season is upon us! I hope all is well on your farms and that you can continue to look through our weekly Farmer Programs Newsletter. If you missed one or want to look up an item, the back issues of this newsletter are archived on the MOFGA website here. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 26, 2020

Welcome to the Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week of May 26 (delayed a day due to Memorial Day). We are still sending these out weekly, so give it a quick look to keep updated with info and resources for your organic farm. Back issues of this newsletter are archived on the MOFGA website here. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 18, 2020

This is the Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 18, 2020, sent weekly (for now) with updates, links and info relevant to MOFGA organic farms – so give it at least a quick look! We try not to repeat too much from week to week, as back issues are archived and readily available on the MOFGA website here. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

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Farmer to Farmer in the Field: Dealing with Stress

May 12, 2020 – Online webinar. The stresses we experience now are new and many. This one-hour Zoom presentation features farmers talking about current stresses and effective coping strategies. Staff from MOFGA are joined by Karen Groat, farm coach and executive director of Family & Community Mediation; Leslie Forstadt, farm coach, human development specialist with UMaine Cooperative Extension and director of the Maine Agricultural Mediation Program; and Polly Shyka, farm coach and co-owner/operator of Villageside Farm in Freedom. View the webinar recording on MOFGA's YouTube Channel: Part 1; Part 2.

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 11, 2020

Each week we have new material in the Farmer Programs Newsletter, so give it at least a quick look! We try not to repeat too much of the info, as the back issues from this spring are archived and readily available on the MOFGA website here. For the time being we are producing new issues of the newsletter weekly because so much is going on and changing rapidly. We will likely go down to twice a month when things settle down. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

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76 Maine Farmers Receive Maine Farm Emergency Grants

May 11, 2020 – Maine. The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Maine Farmland Trust (MFT) announced today that 76 Maine farms have been awarded grants through the Maine Farm Emergency Grants program. The two organizations collaborated to fundraise and administer the grant program in response to the needs of Maine farmers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for May 4, 2020

Here is MOFGA's Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week of May 4, 2020. During the current coronavirus pandemic, we aim to send this newsletter weekly, as so much is going on and changing. We will likely go down to twice a month when things settle down. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

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Janice Clark: We Thank You!

For 30 years worked for MOFGA as office manager, finance administrator and MOF&G advertising manager

Janice Clark and husband Bob Clark at MOFGA celebrate Janice's birthday in 2019 Janice Clark honored by MOFGA at the 2014 annual meeting
Janice Clark and husband Bob Clark at MOFGA celebrate Janice's birthday in 2019 Janice Clark honored by MOFGA at the 2014 annual meeting
MOFGA staff at a January 2019 retreat; Janice Clark far left in white- and black-striped sweater Janice Clark MOFGA staff photo
MOFGA staff at a January 2019 retreat; Janice Clark far left in white- and black-striped sweater Janice at MOFGA's former office in Augusta with the giant Norfolk pine in the background
MOFGA staff in 2002; Janice Clark back row, second from left  
MOFGA staff in 2002; Janice Clark back row, second from left  

April 27, 2020

Janice Clark today retired from the MOFGA staff. She started as bookkeeper in 1989 after having worked at the Oak Grove Coburn school in Vassalboro. Janice worked in our Augusta office for 10 years, and some people wondered if she would want to commute to MOFGA’s new home at the Common Ground Education Center in Unity. Janice was undaunted for another two decades, continuing to manage MOFGA’s finances and 30 Common Ground Country Fairs, arriving at the office at 5 a.m. approximately 6,000 times regardless of the weather. Janice provided love, laughter and sage advice to MOFGA staff and volunteers. Happy retirement!

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