The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is a community dedicated to building a healthier farm, garden and food system, one that can support our family farmers while producing the food that sustains us.
From humble but visionary roots, MOFGA has become the nation’s largest state organic organization, with more than 11,000 members drawn together by a love of good food, community, rural ways of living and a healthy environment. Each year our educational workshops and the Common Ground Country Fair bring together tens of thousands of people to learn about topics ranging from chainsaw safety, to running a profitable farm, to fermenting sauerkraut. We offer the country’s most robust beginning farmer apprenticeship and journeyperson programs – training hundreds of new farmers and readying the next generation to grow food for Maine’s people. Running counter to national trends, the average age of farmers in Maine is decreasing while the number of farms and the acreage in cultivation continue to increase.
Attend the event on August 14th for a chance to win the above WW photograph. Also, come meet WW and Topper!
Today is Man Ray's 44th birthday. Below, WW remembers life with his first dog.
William Wegman, Man Ray Portfolio, 1982
Man Ray was an amazing retriever and we lived at the beach, so I’d throw a tennis ball into the ocean and he’d go crashing through the waves to get it. He would dive for rocks and all kinds of things. We used to have to play all these games, so I would hide things on him.
When I moved to NY, he continued his game playing, and he would invent new ones. He would bring thing in that he thought I might like. I was developing and printing my own works, and using cones, so he would go around finding cone shapes for me. He would plop one down on my head, “Here’s another cone! I found another cone!”
“Good Man Ray, that’s very good.”
William Wegman, How They Are Toward Newspapers, 1974
Once I saw him in my neighbor’s back yard, kind of a walled in yard with a hedge fence. He was walking on his hind legs in the back yard like a person. Just walking around on two legs. It turns out he was looking for a ball that got stuck in the hedge. He was amazing that way.
Flo & Wendell Explore By William Wegman (Dial, 978-0-8037-3930) The Weimeraner siblings from 2013’s Flo & Wendell embark on a close-to-home camping trip, with Wegman again using photographs for the dogs’ heads and loosely painting their bodies and clothing in gouache. Nowhere does the dogs’ personalities shine more than in the planning stage: Flo’s long packing list includes a tent, poles, a sleeping bag, and a flashlight, while Wendell’s is just a picture of the tiny hatchet he’s eager to use. Wegman’s understated narration provides lots of dry humor as the dogs test their canoeing skills, survive a “bear” encounter, and end their adventure the best way possible, toasting marshmallows: “Wendell liked his incinerated.” Ages 3–5. (Sept.)
Here's a sneak peek of WW's work to appear in the anniversay issue of Down East Magazine! A print of the work will also be available at their Art of Giving Gala on Thursday, August 14 (more details here). Proceeds from this print will benefit the Maine Organic Farmers Association.