Committees and Chapters
Since its inception volunteers have played a vital role in the spirit and success of MOFGA. As the organization has grown over its first 50 years the types of roles that volunteers play has shifted as the staff, and organization, have grown. There are many ways to interact and meaningfully contribute to various programs year round. One way to participate is by serving on a committee. Volunteer committee members adhere to the organization’s volunteer and program committee guidelines and assist program area staff in an advisory capacity. MOFGA invites volunteers of diverse backgrounds and views to join our committees and offer valuable perspective to our staff as we work toward our strategic impact goals.
The Buildings & Grounds Committee develops long-term planning strategies for the facilities at MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center and the 250+ acres that go along with it. The Committee develops and oversees a budget for maintenance and new projects, and meets regularly to help the administrative staff prioritize projects. For information, contact our Buildings & Grounds Director Jason Tessier.
The Fair Committee works in coordination with staff to put on the annual Common Ground Country Fair. For more information contact Common Ground Country Fair Director April Boucher.
Many MOFGA committee meetings are being held via Zoom currently. This offers a great and easy way for new members to explore a committee of interest. Meetings are called and facilitated by staff and many take place monthly.
If you are interested in starting a new MOFGA chapter, please send a proposal to MOFGA’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Caitlyn Barker, stating the geographic or economic sector to be served, the proposed frequency of meetings, and any other relevant information to assist in determining approval of the chapter.
Any MOFGA member may request that the Board of Directors recognize a new chapter to serve their local area. Likewise, any group of members may ask the Board of Directors to recognize a new chapter that is focused on a particular agricultural economic sector. Such chapters may have membership requirements that are more restrictive than the general membership requirements for MOFGA, as long as said requirements focus on clearly defining the membership of the chapter based on agricultural economics or activities.