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Take the Local and Organic Pledge!

August 6, 2020

Supporting our local organic producers is as important now as ever. Local organic farms are the foundation of healthy communities. In August 2019 MOFGA launched the local and organic pledge challenge to support local organic production. The pledge encourages individuals to eat all local and organic foods for a time period ranging from one meal to forever! Sign up to receive recipes and tips for eating local and organic year round. Learn more and take the pledge here.

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Meet Cassie Seawell and Michael Saucier of Leaf & Caul in Washington

July 23, 2020

Meet Cassie Seawell and Michael Saucier of Leaf & Caul in Washington, Maine. This restoration-minded livestock farm raises animals (organically fed, forest-raised pork and MOFGA-certified organic chicken and eggs) on forage and organic grain in managed pastures and woods. Asked why organic production is important to them, Cassie explained, "We are committed to diversified, holistic, organic production as a means of repairing the damage to our soil ecosystems." They value using manure and grazing as part of their organic principles and practices to improve soil health, which in turn produces healthy animals. Find Leaf & Caul products at the Belfast Co-op, Bahner Farm, Daybreak Growers Alliance, Farmers' Gate Market, Maine Street Meats or at the farm (after contacting them). Learn more on its website and on Facebook (Leaf & Caul) and Instagram (@leafandcaul). Look for the MOFGA-certified logo where you shop.

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Meet Cindy Townsend and Ron DiGravio of Cranberry Rock Farm in Winthrop

July 16, 2020

Meet Cindy Townsend and Ron DiGravio of Cranberry Rock Farm LLC in Winthrop, Maine. They grow organic produce of all kinds. You can find their products at multiple health food stores, farmers' markets, and on their online store. As Cindy says of growing organically, "organic production is the best way to work with the environment and to optimize nutrient density in the vegetables we grow." When asked what organic production principles and practices they most valued, Cindy explained, "we value minimal tillage and cover cropping as the best ways to enhance the health of our soil and of our farm as a whole." Visit them online at their website, on Facebook, on Instagram @cranberryrockfarm and remember to look for the MOFGA Certified Organic logo where you shop.

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for July 10, 2020

Hi folks, Welcome to summer, in full swing! Our MOFGA Farmer Programs newsletter will be issued less frequently from now through the growing season, most likely as a monthly publication or as need arises. If you would like to revisit past newsletters, the back issues 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 June 26, 2020

Hi folks, this is the MOFGA Farmer Programs newsletter for June 26, 2020. We are now issuing our newsletter every two weeks. If you happened to miss a past issue this spring or want to look up an item, the back issues are archived on the MOFGA website HERE. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

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USDA Misses Origin of Livestock Deadline

June 25, 2020

In the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill, the USDA was given 180 days to implement the Origin of Livestock Rule. This deadline passed without the National Organic Program finalizing this important rule, which will help to level the playing field for organic dairy producers. MOFGA has advocated for this change and along with several coalition partners signed on to a letter urging action now. We'll continue to monitor this situation closely and to work to ensure this rule is fully implemented.

 

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for June 12, 2020

Here is our newsletter for June 12, 2020. We are now issuing our Farmer Programs newsletter every two weeks, into the future. If you missed one or want to look up an item, the back issues are archived on this page. Please send inquiries, suggestions, corrections or advice regarding this newsletter to [email protected].

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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):

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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].

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