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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
Michael Pollan: Health reform will create a dieting revolution
Alternet - 9/14/2009.
By Michael Pollan, The New York Times – To listen to President Obama’s speech on Wednesday night, or to just about anyone else in the health care debate, you would think that the biggest problem with health care in America is the system itself – perverse incentives, inefficiencies, unnecessary tests and procedures, lack of competition, and greed.
Maine Fare: “Telling the Maine Food Story”
Plating Up (Maine Food and Lifestyle) - 9/14/2009.
Maine Fare discussion panels held on Sunday at the Knox Mill in Camden were dynamic. The panel entitled “Telling the Maine Food Story” was moderated by Don Lindgren of Rabelais Books in Portland.
Preserving her roots
Kennebec Journal - 9/13/2009.
By Kathleen Kahler – Troy: Pop. Pop. Pop, pop. The sweetest sound in the world, my sister says. She’s been home-canning for years, and still thrills to the audible ping as the jars’ contents cools enough to suck in the button and seal the rim of the lid to the jar.
Farm life agrees with Ethiopian girl
Kennebec Journal - 9/13/2009.
By Betty Jespersen – Clinton: Ten-year-old Selam Heinrich only has been in the United States for a year, but she has taken to farm life with a passion. On Saturday at the annual Clinton Lions Club Agricultural Fair, this shy girl from Ethiopia was among about a dozen members of the Brass Knobs 4-H Working Steer Club who were putting their young animals through their paces to impress the judges.
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