The Michigan Organic Food and Farm Alliance (MOFFA) was organized in 1992 as a non-profit organization. We teach 'eaters' to value and to choose organically grown food produced in their own locales. MOFFA is a force for generating public awareness about the need for more decentralized food systems that allow for greater participation and choice on the part of all citizens.  MOFFA was one of the first organizations in Michigan and the nation to actively promote these principles.

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27 Jul 2014    Organic Certification Cost Share Assistance is Back!

Organic Certification Cost Share Assistance is Back!

Reimbursement Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill
Now Available to Michigan Handlers and Producers

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is pleased to announce that certification cost share assistance will be available to eligible Michigan organic handlers and producers who have been certified for the period of October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014. 

Additional information about applying for the reimbursement is available in MDARD's Letter concerning the reimbursement, and he application is available in Microsoft Word format here.  The deadline for applying is October 1, 2014.  More general Information on the certification cost share program is available on the USDA's Organic Certification Cost Share Programs webpage.


 
19 Jun 2014    USDA Mishandling of NOSB Challenged

Citizen Groups Challenge USDA’s Power Grab

Legal Petition Filed to Restore Organic Board’s Independent Authority Set by Congress

usda organic seal(June 17, 2014 – Washington, DC) Today, 20 organic farm and consumer groups filed a legal petition with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to protect the authority and permanence of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The petitioners object to recent changes to the NOSB charter, renewed on May 8, 2014, that undermine the mandatory and continuing duties of the Board as established by Congress under the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990.

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4 Apr 2014    Carbon Sequestration, Naturally

Carbon Sequestration, Naturally

Maynard Kaufman, one of the founding members of MOFFA, has written a thought provoking article on Carbon Sequestration which we are pleased to offer to all. Please share widely!  Carbon Sequestration, Naturally


 
11 Feb 2014    Organic Seed Fund

Organic Seed Fund Announced

The USDA's National Organic Program requires the use of organic seed when commercially available. However, when the organic program began the organic seed sector was almost nonexistent and it has not yet caught up to meet the demand.

The cost of organic seed remains a barrier to the growth and success of organic farming. As such, the Rodale Institute is partnering with Amy's Kitchen to help new and transitioning organic farmers pay for organic seed for the 2014 growing season.  More information and the application form can be found here.

Please note that applicants must be new or transitioning organic farmers. Questions can be directed to megan.kintzer@rodaleinstitute.org.  Deadline for applications is March 1, 2014.


 
4 Feb 2014    A Farm Bill At Last!

A Farm Bill At Last!

After years of wrangling, both the House and Senate have passed a comprehensive Farm Bill, and it is on its way to President Obama for his signature!  And the news is generally good for organic and sustainable agriculture.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has posted a big-picture take on the bill, The New Farm Bill: The Good, The Bad, and the Wait-and-See, and a more in-depth article, What is in the 2014 Farm Bill For Sustainable Farms and Food Systems?
 

 
31 Jan 2014    Protecting Organic Seed Integrity

Protecting Organic Seed IntegrityOSGATA is excited to announce the launch of a new book, Protecting Organic Seed Integrity, defining best practices for avoiding genetically engineered (GE) contamination in organic seed.

Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court failed American farmers who had sought protection and their right to self-defense from GE contamination in the landmark lawsuit OSGATA et al. v. Monsanto, OSGATA has printed 5,000 copies of an important handbook dedicated to protecting the organic seed supply.

Beginning today, OSGATA is providing copies of the book to organic farmers without cost. The book can be downloaded at http://www.osgata.org/registration-form/.

 

 
17 Jan 2014    Food Access In Michigan Project

Food Access in Michigan Project Seeks Farmer Input

The Food Access In Michigan (FAIM) project, a collaboration between six universities and an equal number of community organizations, aims to paint a more nuanced picture of food access and food insecurity across the state of Michigan. In order to do that, we are gathering the perspectives of people who work throughout the food system, from farmers to food retailers, Michigan residents and key stakeholders.

To that end, they will be holding focus groups at the Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference, January 31-February 2.  The project would like to talk with farmers to learn their perspectives on food insecurity in Michigan, including such questions as where you currently sell (or would like to sell) your products, sources of support for Michigan farmers, and ways to address food insecurity in the state of Michigan

The project plans on sharing their results widely across the state through community presentations, press releases, fact sheets and newspaper articles.  They also plan on having a wealth of information, resources and findings on their website, and envision it as a space for anyone in Michigan to visit and learn more about the food environment where they live. 

More info about the focus groups is available on this pdf, and you can find out more about the FAIM project by visiting www.meldi.snre.umich.edu.
 

 
31 Dec 2013    "Agricultural Coexistence"

Comment Period Extended on USDA "Agricultural Coexistence"

The National Organic Coalition reports that the comment period has been extended on the issue of "Agricultural Coexistence" — the USDA's proposals for Coexistence of farmers using Geneticaly Engineered Crops and those who don't (Organic and Non-GMO farmers).  The deadline for comments on this issue is now March 4th. 

The NOC continues ... Organic and Non-GMO agriculture has shouldered the burden of GMO contamination for too long. This is our opportunity to tell USDA that it must use its authority to: 

(1) Implement mandatory contamination prevention measures to avoid the problem and protect the non-GMO sector, and 

(2) Ensure shared responsibility for the unwanted spread of GE products, including a fair compensation mechanism that does not further burden those who must avoid, and sometimes are harmed by, contamination. 

Comments can be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, or by mail to:

Docket No. APHIS–2013–0047
Regulatory Analysis, and Development
PPD, APHIS, Station, 3A–03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737–1238

Also, for Farmers and Handlers, if you would like to send an ANONYMOUS COMMENT outlining your experiences and costs, please go to this site set up by NOC.  NOC will take your comment from this site, and include it as text in their comments submitted to the Docket.  If you have any questions about this process or its anonymity, please call Liana at 914-443-5759.

 
21 Nov 2013    ATTRA's New Farmer Forum Begins

ATTRA Invites Sustainable-Agriculture Conversations

'Farmer Knows Best' Forum Offers More Than A Dozen Topics

ATTRA, the nation’s premiere source of sustainable-agriculture information, is asking its users to weigh in with ideas and questions of their own.

A new user forum on the ATTRA website, Farmer Knows Best, is a way for farmers, researchers, educators, and anyone else interested in sustainable agriculture to start or contribute to a conversation on more than a dozen topics:

•    Beginning Farmer
•    Water Management
•    Soils & Compost
•    Pest Management
•    Organic Farming
•    Marketing, Business & Risk
•    Local Food Systems
•    Livestock & Pasture
•    Horticultural Crops
•    Field Crops
•    Energy Alternatives
•    What Is Sustainable Ag?
•    Education
•    General

“What better way to support research and sustainable-agriculture education than offering the people who are dedicated and passionate about the subject to share their ideas and insights,” said Carl Little, director of the National Center for Appropriate Technology’s (NCAT) sustainable agriculture programs.

 

 
9 Nov 2013    MSU Student Organic Farm 2014 Organic Farmer Training Program

MSU Student Organic Farm 2014 Organic Farmer Training Program

The Organic Farmer Training Program offers nine months of intensive instruction in year-round organic farming. The program focuses on diversified production of vegetables, livestock, flowers, fruits and herbs for local markets.  Participants manage all aspects of a 15-acre certified organic farm, including passive solar greenhouses used for year-round production in cold climates. Participants also manage the Student Organic Farm's field and hoophouse production. Produce is grown for the farm’s primary markets, including a 48-week CSA, seven-month on-campus farm stand, and sales to campus dining services.  

Scholarships are available.  Visit their website for full program description and application:  http://msuorganicfarm.org/organic-farmer-training-program. The farm may be contacted at msufarm@msu.edu or 517-230-7987.

 
4 Oct 2013    New Page – Educational Opportunities

We've added another new page to the website – Educational Opportunities.  We'll be posting events in Michigan as well as selected out-of-state opportunities and webinars.  Please let us know about any events we may have missed.

 

 
3 Oct 2013    Farm Guide Online

Please note that the MOFFA Farm Guide is now online – www.moffa.net/farm-guide.html.  There is a clickable map as well as indexes by county and by name of the farm. If you'd like to be in the Guide but haven't submitted your application yet, please download a copy of the application, request an application package to be mailed to you, or apply online

 
6 Sep 2013    Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest

Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest

Come join the fun at the 11th annual Southwest Michigan Harvest Fest to be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The fest runs from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM and is organized by Fair Food Matters of Kalamazoo, and hosted by Tillers International in Scotts, Michigan, a short ride east from Kalamazoo and Portage.  MOFFA will be there, along with lots of other folks -- over 50 exhibitors, plus entertainment, activities for children and adults ... more information at http://www.fairfoodmatters.org/harvestfest/.

 
16 Aug 2013    Local Food for Large School Districts

School Food FOCUS, a national group of K-12 school districts, is seeking information about fruits and vegetables that are regionally grown and processed in the Upper Midwest (in a region that runs from Omaha to Detroit).  As a part of that process, they are seeking responses to their Request For Information from suppliers of fresh-cut and frozen produce.

In addition to Grade A product, they are interested in information about the availability and pricing of cosmetically imperfect “seconds”.  The deadline for responses is August 30. 

A separate RFI for the provision of local produce to the Chicago Public Schools is available here.

 

 


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