"The history of every Nation is eventually written in the way in which it cares for its soil."
- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.

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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
‘Organic' One Of The Most Confusing Labels, Report Says
Forbes - 7/17/2013.
By Beth Hoffman - The label “organic” is one of the most confusing for consumers, says a new report by the Natural Foods Merchandiser.
People Don't Understand What 'Organic' Means, But They Want It Anyway
Forbes - 7/17/2013.
By Beth Hoffman - It all began back in 2008 when Jo-Ellen Pozner, an Assistant Professor in the Management of Organizations Group at University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, saw an episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8.
Last dairy farm in Orrington honored by state’s Department of Agriculture
Bangor Daily News - 7/17/2013.
By Nok-Noi Ricker - Orrington: The town’s 225th Old Home Week birthday celebration extends until Sunday and ends with a visit by the state’s commissioner of agriculture to honor the Howard family – the last farmers in town to milk cows for a living.
Boycott Monsanto! Live in the Garden of Eden with fruits and vegetables grown from organic heirloom seeds
Natural News - 7/17/2013.
In a movement to prevent the total decimation of ancient grains and heirloom varieties of fruits, vegetables and flowers, seed banks are sprouting around the globe, storing the wealth of thousands of varieties of heirloom seeds still in existence.
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