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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Maine Towns Restrict Lawn Chemicals
Maine Public Broadcasting - 7/30/2010.
Ogunquit is among the growing number of Maine towns that are restricting the use of lawn chemicals from municipal property because of environmental and public health concerns. About two dozen other communities have adopted some form of pesticide limits, including Brunswick, Castine and Harpswell.
CDC finds 212 chemicals in human blood
Environment & Energy Publishing - 7/30/2010.
by Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E reporter. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found 212 environmental chemicals in the blood, serum and urine of humans, 75 of which have never been tested for or found before in Americans.
The mighty rise of the food revolution
Alternet - 7/29/2010.
By Michael Pollan – It might sound odd to say this about something people deal with at least three times a day, but food in America has been more or less invisible, politically speaking, until very recently.
Online food co-ops like Nebraska’s create innovate virtual farmers market
Grist - 7/29/2010.
By Steph Larsen – Right now, I'm facing a problem shared by scores of farmers – beginning and experienced – across the country. I have four lambs that have been raised entirely on grass, and I know there are customers eager to buy them. I just don't know who they are.
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