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Meet Beth Schiller of Dandelion Spring Farm in Bowdoinham

January 16, 2020

Meet Beth Schiller of Dandelion Spring Farm in Bowdoinham. In addition to being MOFGA's board president, Schiller grows MOFGA-certified organic vegetables and herbs that she sells at the Portland Farmers' Market on Saturdays year round and at the Rockland Farmers' Market from May through October, as well as wholesale to several restaurants and stores along the coast from Camden to Portland. Learn more about Dandelion Spring Farm and its work to support food security in Maine at https://dandelionspringfarm.com/.

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Meet Back 40 Bakehouse in Montville

January 2, 2020

Meet the Schofield team, Cindy (left), Ray (center, top), Elisha (right) and Elijah, of Back 40 Bakehouse in Montville. They bake MOFGA-certified organic breads for wholesale markets from the Midcoast through Waterville, including stores, cafes, buying clubs and CSA. Back 40 Bakehouse contributes all of the bread served at the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee’s Empty Bowl Supper. Learn more on their website: back40bakehouse.com.

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Meet MOFGA Volunteer Sam May

December 2019

May’s involvement with MOFGA began soon after his return to Maine in 2011, but the roots of his involvement go back to 1981 to 1983, when he lived and worked at Mary and Tony Bok’s farm in Camden – where now-Congresswoman Chellie Pingree had been MOFGA’s first farm apprentice. He has been attending the Common Ground Country Fair since it was in Litchfield. Given his interest in the agricultural scene here, MOFGA invited him to join its board. He currently serves on its executive, finance and fundraising committees.

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MOFGA’s 2019 Annual Meeting on January 26 in Unity

December 2019

In 2020, we’re going to try something new! We’re moving MOFGA’s annual meeting from the Maine Agricultural Trades Show in Augusta to Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Common Ground Education Center on our campus in Unity. Our goal is to make the meeting more accessible for all of our members and to give people an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy all that the campus has to offer in the winter season.

We invite everyone to join us for a potluck at noon. We’ll have a short business meeting at 1 p.m., and then we’ll have the rest of the afternoon to participate in family-friendly activities both indoors and outdoors. In the event of severe weather, we’ll use February 9 as an alternative date. Keep an eye out for more details to come, and if you’d like to be part of the planning committee, please contact our director of membership and development, Torie DeLisle, at [email protected].

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Rooted Education Spreading in Unity

December 2019

On September 10, after more than a year of dedicated work, an enthusiastic coalition of Waldo County students, parents, educators and community partners, such as MOFGA, celebrated the Maine Charter Commission’s approval of the Ecology Learning Center’s new place-based public charter high school in Unity, opening in fall 2020.

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MOFGA Hires Development Manager

December 2019

Laura Miller, MOFGA’s new development manager, comes to us with considerable experience. She grew up in Bridgton, earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Vermont, and then moved to Portland, Maine. She was the membership coordinator for GrowSmart Maine and then worked at cPort Credit Union, most recently as vice president of marketing. At MOFGA she’ll work on bolstering our membership and development programs. “I know that her eagerness and dedication to our cause will be an asset to MOFGA,” says Torie DeLisle, MOFGA’s membership and development director. You can contact Miller at [email protected].

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Eric Sideman, Organic Crop Specialist Emeritus

December 2019

Eric Sideman, MOFGA's original "organic extension agent," transitioned into a new role at MOFGA as he retired from more than 35 years of service as our organic crop specialist on November 1, 2019, and became our organic crop specialist emeritus. He is still available to answer technical questions (as is Caleb Goossen) and will help with MOFGA's efforts to support the integrity of organic agriculture and the National Organic Program. Congratulations and best wishes, Eric!

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