Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association.
MOFGA, founded in 1971, is the oldest and largest state organic organization in the country. MOFGA Certification Services LLC, a subsidiary, is an accredited organic certification program under the USDA’s National Organic Program. They are the certifying agency for most of our local organic suppliers. Their website includes information about organic food, organic gardening, related public policy issues, the ever-popular Common Ground Country Fair, and much more.
Maine Farmland Trust
The Maine Farmland Trust, founded in 1999, is dedicated to protecting to preventing the loss of productive farmland to development through agricultural conservation easements, purchase of development rights, current-use property tax assessments, and farm transfer planning. Their work ensures that the land base for Maine farmers to provide Maine food for Maine people will be available to the next generation, and the next. Learn more about the work of farmland preservation and how you can help on their website.
FARMS (Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools)
FARMS does outreach work in local schools to help kids learn about healthy eating. They believe that in order for children to eat well, their community needs to eat well. FARMS is opening a Community Kitchen & Food Learning Center on the second floor of Rising Tide’s building, where they offer workshops on gardening, food preservation, and healthy living. When fully operational, there will be a demonstration kitchen for hands-on cooking classes for people of all ages and a resource space with nutrition and gardening information.
StrongerTogether.coop is a place for people to gather on their food journeys. It’s a place to find out more about what’s in your food, where it comes from, where to find great food, how to prepare it, and a whole lot more. Find a wide variety of recipes for every season, information about the value of food co-ops and articles on health, nutrition and DIY projects.
Food for Maine’s Future
Food for Maine’s Future started as GE-Free Maine, a collective of anti-GMO groups, at the 2004 Common Ground Country Fair. Since then, their action area has widened to other agricultural and food issues, concentrating on those affecting Maine farmers and consumers. Their website includes information about their current activities and an online version of their newsletter, Saving Seeds.
Maine Board of Pesticides Control
Website includes information about environmentally friendly methods of landscaping and lawn care, and posts notices of public hearings that may be of interest to those concerned about pesticide use.
Maine Foods Network
A collaboration between MOFGA, the Hancock County Locally Grown Foods Project, and the Maine Sustainable Agriculture Society, this organization offers a sourcing service for Maine-grown food and posts articles and tips celebrating seasonal eating.
Eat Maine Foods!
This website offers networking between “locavore” consumers, chefs, and farmers through forums, blogs, web groups, photos, and a Maine foods map.
National Cooperative Grocers Association
Rising Tide became a member of the NCGA in 2008. The association offers many benefits to its members, including bulk buying power that has allowed us to provide national brands to our customers at very affordable prices. The NCGA website offers information about the cooperative model and about other member co-ops.
The Cornucopia Institute
Cornucopia advocates for family-scale organic farming from Cornucopia, Wisconsin. They research and publish reports on many sectors of the organic industry, helping consumers to distinguish between “greenwashed” products and the real thing. Their website includes news, reports, and alerts related to organic food issues.
The Maine School Garden Network
The Maine School Garden Network operates under MOFGA to promote educational gardening in Maine. They offer a directory of school gardens and a collection of resources for beginning gardeners.
Not all cooperatives are food cooperatives – there are also seed co-ops! Rising Tide organizes an annual group order from Fedco offering our customers a 20% discount off the listed retail price on vegetable, herb and flower seeds for their gardens.
Weston A. Price Foundation
This organization advocates for the wide availability and consumption of live, whole foods, fermented products, pasture-fed livestock, and “traditional fats.” The website includes updates on food issues, information about healthy eating, and the foundation’s annual “Wise Traditions” conference.