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Farmer Programs Newsletter for April 27, 2020

Here is MOFGA’s Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week of April 27, 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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Meet Emilia Carbone and Jed Beach of 3 Bug Farm in Lincolnville

April 23, 2020

Meet Emilia Carbone and Jed Beach of 3 Bug Farm in Lincolnville, Maine. They and their four sons, Ray, Silas, Luca and Tait, grow all the MOFGA-certified organic vegetables you can think of, plus flowers, seedlings, black raspberries, table grapes, strawberries and in the coming years a larger diversity of fruit. Find 3 Bug Farm produce at their farm stand on Route 235 in Lincolnville and at many midcoast stores. The farm is named for the swallowtail butterflies, fireflies and dragonflies that populate the area in warmer months. Growing organically helps achieve this biodiversity and a complex and balanced farm ecosystem, say the farmers, adding, "We have made a promise to not overdevelop our property and to work with our surroundings." Having four boys always snacking on the farm produce is another great reason for being organic.

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COVID-19 Maine Farmer Survey

Please take a moment to complete this confidential survey

April 21, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to make its way through our community, farmers are faced with unique challenges in an unpredictable market. Agricultural organizations agencies are continuing to collect information to assess the impact this virus is having on Maine farms to better inform direct assistance and policy in this changing time. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY TAKEN THIS SURVEY, PLEASE TAKE IT AGAIN. New questions have been added as we track changes over the past few weeks. COVID-19 Maine Farmer Survey

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Here is MOFGA’s Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week ending April 17, 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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Explaining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Farmer to Farmer in the Field

View resources from our April 17 webinar about labor laws on the farm and COVID-19. Presented by Steven McKinney, Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist at the Maine Department of Labor.
View a recorded presentation about "The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)" here (requires Adobe Connect or Adobe Flash Player)
View or download a PDF of "The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)" here

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Meet Ben Daly of Chirp Creek Farm in Lisbon

April 16, 2020

Meet Ben Daly of Chirp Creek Farm in Lisbon, Maine, pictured here with Sophia Gamache (site manager at Lewiston Farmers' Market). Chirp Creek grows many types of MOFGA-certified organic produce. Daly is especially proud of its fancy lettuce varieties. The Chirp Creek farmers grow organically because they believe that organic farms are part of a holistic, healthy system, and because they know their customers like to be assured of the quality of their produce. Two horses do the tillage and cultivation. A crew of two helps Ben to do the rest of the field work and packing, as do various friends and family members occasionally. You can find Chirp Creek products at the Lewiston, Auburn, Cumberland and Falmouth farmers’ markets. They also sell wholesale.

Farmer Programs Newsletter for April 10, 2020

Here is MOFGA's Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week ending April 10, 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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Meet Amy LeBlanc of Whitehill Farm in East Wilton

April 9, 2020

At Whitehill Farm in East Wilton, Maine, Amy LeBlanc produces MOFGA-certified organic seedlings, vegetables and value-add products, which she has been selling at the Farmington Farmers’ Market for over 20 years. She also sells at craft fairs and festivals; through the Western Maine Market, a local online farmer-to-consumer connection; and at the Better Living Center in Farmington. Since the Fedco Tree Sale is canceled for this year, she’ll sell her seedlings on-farm at the end of May. Call if you’re looking for seedlings.

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.

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Farmer Programs Newsletter for April 3, 2020

MOFGA's Farmer Programs Newsletter for the week ending April 3, 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 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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