UNITY — The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association recently announced t it has received a $1 million gift from the Partridge Foundation to establish an endowment in support of its new farmer training programs, according to a MOFGA press release.

“This Partridge Foundation gift represents a tremendous vote of confidence in MOFGA and an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our innovative new farmer training programs. We thank the Foundation for its generous support,” said Ted Quaday, MOFGA’s executive director, in the release.

The Foundation has also pledged an additional $1 million to the organization if MOFGA can raise a matching amount over the next 18 months.

“This is a matching challenge that has the potential to bring our educational programs endowment to three million dollars by the end of 2015,” said Quaday in the release. “We could not be more excited and enthused. We are reaching out to our many members and donors and inviting them to join us in building long-term support for these crucial programs.”

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