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Meet Anna Mueller – MOFGA Educational Events Coordinator

December 1, 2016

Anna Mueller, MOFGA's educational events coordinator, was born in Germany and moved to the United States in 1999. Her family moved from Florida to Massachusetts and then to Texas before Mueller returned to New England to attend Unity College. While at Unity she worked at MOFGA as a work-study student and later filled in as our administrative assistant before becoming events coordinator.

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Meet Jacomijn Schravesande-Gardei – Associate Director of Crops for MOFGA Certification Services LLC

September 1, 2016

Jacomijn ("Jaco") is associate director of crops for MOFGA Certification Services LLC (MCS), working with certified organic crop farmers to assure compliance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) rule. She started working at MOFGA in 2006. She has also served as co-interim director of MCS during the search for a new director this summer. Jaco grew up in the Netherlands, where she obtained her bachelor's and master's degrees in forestry at Wageningen University.

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Meet Grace Keown – Operations Assistant and Information Manager for MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

June 1, 2016

Grace Keown, operations assistant and information management staffer for MOFGA Certification Services LLC (MCS), grew up in New Jersey and has lived in Arizona, New York and parts of New England. She and her family moved to Maine in 2004 to homestead and live more sustainably and simply in the Dixmont hills.

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Meet Dave Colson, 2015 MOFGA Agricultural Services Director

June 2015

Dave Colson has worked with MOFGA in countless ways since 1985 when his family's New Leaf Farm in Durham first got organic certification. He joined MOFGA's board of directors the next year and served for 18 years, including terms as board president and vice president. Dave also has been a member of the finance, apprenticeship, certification and agricultural services committees. He has provided yeoman's service over the years as a traffic and parking volunteer at the Common Ground Country Fair. The Colson Family has hosted dozens of farm apprentices, many of whom have gone on to start their own organic farm operations in Maine.

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