Every year since 1979, Down East magazine has presented an award to the person or group who has made the most positive contribution to protecting Maine's environment over the previous year. This year, as we were discussing who should receive our 2007 Down East Environmental Award, the editors got together and had a bit of a "Duh!" moment. I'm not sure how we overlooked the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA
) all these years, but obviously the honor is long overdue.
From its beginnings as a small group of homesteaders to its current status as the oldest and largest statewide organic growers organization in the country, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association has worked for more than thirty-five years on behalf of small farms and the environment. Many of the ideals MOFGA first espoused and promoted are now mainstream trends, and it continues to lead the way in areas as diverse as small woodlot management, farmland preservation, and alternate energy.
For these and many other accomplishments, the editors of Down East presented the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association with our 2007 Down East Environmental Award at MOFGA's annual Common Ground Country Fair in Unity on September 21, 2007. You can read Jeff Clark's article about MOFGA here