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76 Maine Farmers Receive Maine Farm Emergency Grants

June 25, 2020 – We are monitoring ongoing market disruptions and shifts and we intend to solicit a second round of applications later in 2020.


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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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.

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