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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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