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Meet Jason and Barbara Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman

April 2, 2020

Meet Jason and Barbara Kafka of Checkerberry Farm in Parkman, Maine. They grow MOFGA-certified organic vegetables, herbs, cut flowers and seedlings, which they wholesale to Whole Foods, Fedco, Good Shepherd Food Bank, Crown of Maine, and other MOFGA-certified organic farms. Jason grows organically because, as he says, "we always have. It just seemed the sensible thing to do." Due to the circumstances, the Kafkas will sell seedlings from their farm this year instead of at the Fedco Tree sale (which has been canceled for 2020). Beginning on May 7 and into June, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (or by appointment), the farm will be open for purchase and pickup of its organic seedlings. Jason wishes resilience for everyone and urges us to remember that "we are all in this together!”

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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.

 

 

 

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Meet Angie Trombley and Kyle DePietro of Tarbox Farm on Westport Island

March 26, 2020

Meet Angie Trombley and Kyle DePietro of Tarbox Farm on Westport Island. They produce a diverse variety of MOFGA-certified organic vegetables, culinary herbs, cut flowers, hops, strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. They sell to restaurants and natural food stores in their area, as well as at the Bath Farmers' Market. They also have a CSA, which runs as a credit program for pickup at the Bath Farmers’ Market, and this summer they plan to sell produce directly from their farm. Trombley says that growing organically isn't even a question for them. They deeply believe in leaving the land better than they found it. Find Tarbox Farm and its brewery, Sasanoa Brewing, at tarboxfarm.com.

Meet Rodney Boyington and Vanessa Rancourt of Jackman Maple Syrup

March 19, 2020

Meet Rodney Boyington and Vanessa Rancourt of Jackman Maple Syrup. Their sugarbush is nestled on the north facing slope of Bald Mountain, just north Jackman, and they produce MOFGA-certified organic maple products, including syrup and sugar. Find their maple products in local stores in Jackman as well as at farmers markets, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and stores along the coast. They offer certified organic maple products because they "understand the need for clean, healthy options for people to feel good about.” Additionally, “Simply pure maple syrup is straight from our trees to your table. We also do our part to keep the trees and land thriving for years to come." Visit their online store at www.jackmanmaple.com.

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]).

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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