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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
Food for thought: experts say era of low prices may be over
Portland Press Herald - 3/17/2011.
By P.J. Huffstutter – Los Angeles: American consumers have long enjoyed a luxury that few others around the world could boast: an abundance of affordable food. But with prices of wheat, corn and other staples soaring, some economists and scientists are wondering how long that can last.
The world-class local foods that gardeners have overlooked
The Atlantic - 3/16/2011.
By Hank Shaw – Consider this statistic: Of all the untold thousands of edible plants on this earth, the world's population largely subsists on about 20 of them. And of those, wheat, rice, soybeans, and corn dominate the rest. Now consider this: Of those 20 species, only corn, and to some extent beans, are native to North America; both are from Mexico.
Top 10 sustainable food books
Audubon Magazine - 3/16/2011.
By Alisa Opar – New books about sustainable food are coming out all the time, making selecting one or two to read a potentially overwhelming process. So we turned to the experts for suggestions. Michael Pollan, Anna Lappé, Dan Barber, and other influential activists and authors share their favorite books.
It's time to reduce Maine's dependence on oil
Portland Press Herald - 3/16/2011.
By Stacey Fitts and Philip Bartlett – Augusta: It's time for Mainers of all stripes to come together to start to get our state off oil. According to a Maine Sunday Telegram analysis, the recent surge in oil prices has increased energy costs for a typical Maine family that lives in an oil-heated home and has two cars by more than $1,400 a year – and the price surge just started in early September.
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