On this months edition of Conversations from the Pointed Firs, host Peter Neill talks with Sarah Alexander, Executive Director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). This year MOFGA is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding. Sarah and Pointed Firs host Peter Neill sit down to discuss the historical moment of MOFGA’s inception, the state of farming in Maine, and what MOFGA might become over the next 50 years.
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Sarah has been in her position since, 2018, and has over 20 years of experience advocating for sustainable, local and fair food systems. A native of rural Ohio, she attended Northwestern University, where she became interested in fixing our food systems, protecting the environment, and in fighting for the rights of Indigenous people. It was there that she began working with the White Earth Land Recovery project, first leading a trip of students to work in the maple sugar bush during spring break. After college she completed a year-long environmental organizing fellowship with Green Corps, working on campaigns in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Chicago. When she completed that program, she moved up to the White Earth Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota, where she spent three years continuing her work with the White Earth Land Recovery Project, helping to restore traditional food systems and stopping the genetic engineering of wild rice.