Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners AssocationWe enter July with good news for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP), who’ve helped us raise $500 for their organization through our “Check in for Charity” program.

This month our focus is the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association (MOFGA). Known by many for their three-day Common Ground Fair held each September, MOFGA provides a robust support system for organic food growers in Maine, including educational resources, organic certification, farm training programs, marketing opportunities and more.

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)

MOFGA’s premise is that organic food is better food. While many people are aware that food grown according to organic principles is free from exposure to harmful herbicides and pesticides, that is only one small aspect of organic agriculture.

A larger part of organic agriculture involves the health of the soil and the ecosystem in which crops and livestock are raised. Organic farmers recognize that healthy, vibrant, and live soils and ecosystems significantly benefit crops. Natural, undisturbed soil is alive with microbiotic organisms that exist in harmony with the native plant life and the inorganic minerals that provide the soil’s substrate.

By purchasing locally-grown, organic produce, the consumer supports sustainable methods of land use that result in far less pollution and top-soil loss than does conventional agriculture. Synthetic pesticides and herbices not only kill soil microbes and leave toxic residues on food, they also threaten the health of farmworkers and disrupt natural ecosystems around the farm. Chemical fertilizers pollute lakes, ponds, rivers, and groundwater.

In the long run, organically grown food is the best bargain for us, the environment, and future generations.

Check in Now!

Just enter your name and email (optional) below to earn $1 towards MOFGA’s efforts to nurture organic food and local agriculture throughout Maine.

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Have a nonprofit you think should benefit from our program? Simply use our nominate form and you’ll get them in the running.

Fine print: Each person can “Check in” once each month using the widget you can find on our blog, website, and Facebook page. In addition we count all new “Likes” to our Facebook page as Check-ins so be sure to share this effort with your friends!