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The food offered at all MOFGA events embraces MOFGA’s mission “to help farmers and gardeners grow organic food, protect the environment, recycle natural resources, increase local food production, support rural communities and illuminate for consumers the connection between healthful food and environmentally sound farming practices.”

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MOFGA, with the generous support of a donor to the Maine Community Foundation, will be starting an Organic Farm Loan Fund this winter.

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MOFGA has lent a helping hand to Slates Restaurant in Hallowell, which was destroyed by fire in February 2007. Wendy Larson, recently named “Restaurateur of the Year” by the Maine Restaurant Association, opened Slates in 1979.

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At its February board meeting, MOFGA approved the establishment of a disaster relief fund to assist MOFGA members who have met with substantial disasters – fire, storms, flooding.

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The Buildings and Grounds Committee is developing a long-term strategic plan for MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center in Unity.

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Members of MOFGA's El Salvador Sistering Committee met with MOFGA’s Board of Directors in June to discuss possibilities for solidarity with small farmers worldwide. In this meeting, the Board adopted the following position statement.

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At its October meeting, the MOFGA board approved the following policy statement concerning “free trade” proposed by the MOFGA-El Salvador Sistering Committee – a group committed to solidarity between MOFGA and sistering organizations CCR and CORDES in El Salvador.

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For the first time in 11 years, MOFGA is instituting a modest increase in some membership fees.

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Toki Oshima drawingAfter several months of investigation and discussion at the request of many members, MOFGA’s Public Policy Committee has developed a revised policy on sludge, which was approved by the Board of Directors on October 19, 2003.

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As we enter the third year of our organizational development project, we are reexamining the MOFGA bylaws and beginning work on the organization’s next 5-Year Plan (2005 - 2009).

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MOFGA continues to keep a brisk pace with its ongoing organizational development work. Here is a summary of recent changes and new program efforts.

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