Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association


Gouldsboro woman mourning daughter’s death from COVID-19

June 1, 2020 – By Kate Cough, The Ellsworth American – Robin Margaret Thayer loved lobster, butterflies and the color purple. She loved Christmas and birthdays, visiting Gouldsboro from her home in Buxton and making jewelry.


Organic consumers now talk about taste as a benefit

June 1, 2020 – By Jeff Gelski, Baking Business – Taste, once a barrier, has become a bonus for the organic category, said Laurie Demeritt, chief executive officer of Bellevue-based The Hartman Group.


Waldo County Bounty raises $30K toward $100K goal

June 1, 2020 – Village Soup Waldo – The Waldo County Bounty campaign hit a major milestone this week by raising more than $30,000 in cash donations. Launched less than month ago, Waldo County Bounty is a community fundraising and resource-sharing initiative designed to address food insecurity in Waldo County during the COVID-19 crisis. Its top priority is raising funds to purchase food from local farms for local food pantries.


Raise a glass to “Ruby Juice”

May 30, 2020 – By Cheryl Wixson, The Ellsworth American – Our slow, cool spring produced a bumper crop of rhubarb for many folks. Although usually eaten as a “fruit,” rhubarb is a vegetable, botanically speaking.


Pervasive shifts in forest dynamics in a changing world

May 29, 2020 – By Nate G. McDowell et al., Science – The authors show that shifts in forest dynamics are already occurring, and the emerging pattern is that global forests are tending toward younger stands with faster turnover as old-growth forest with stable dynamics are dwindling.



What is a “Native” Plant in a Changing World?

May 27, 2020 – By Kollibri terre Sonnenblume, Macska Moksha – The term “native plant” has become a common one, and many people probably assume that the definition is clear cut. However, like many other seemingly simple designations, that’s not the case.


Tired of Plastic? These Businesses Have Ideas for You

May 27, 2020 – By Tatiana Schlossberg, The New York Times – Companies are developing alternatives to single-use plastic, and with options including seaweed and mushroom tissue, consumer interest isn’t disappearing, even during the coronavirus pandemic.


PI Farmers’ Market opens early with enthusiastic community turnout

May 27, 2020 – By Melissa Lizotte, The County – The annual opening of the Presque Isle Farmers’ Market was especially poignant for many vendors and attendees as the event coincided with the gradual lifting of pandemic-related business restrictions in the state.


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