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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
Hills-to-Sea Trail June 1 opening set
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 5/28/2013.
Waldo County Trails Coalition's official opening of its downtown Unity-to-MOFGA trail is June 1 - National Trails Day. The opening and hike will begin at 10 a.m. at the wooden bridge on Main Street, across from the health center, according to a news release.
EU regulator suspects BASF insecticide of harming bees
Reuters - 5/27/2013.
By Ludwig Burger and Charlie Dunmore - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in a statement on Monday that BASF's fipronil poses an "acute risk to honeybees when used as a seed treatment for maize", citing dust drift in particular.
Decline in biodiversity of farmed plants, animals gathering pace
Reuters - 5/27/2013.
By Alister Doyle - A decline in the diversity of farmed plants and livestock breeds is gathering pace, threatening future food supplies for the world's growing population, the head of a new United Nations panel on biodiversity said on Monday.
Study shows dangers of BPA chemical used in plastic packaging
The Independent - 5/27/2013.
By Steve Connor - Further evidence has emerged showing that a chemical used widely in plastic packaging and the lining of drinks cans may be harmful to health. The latest study has shown that bisphenol A (BPA) can affect the way genes work in the brains of laboratory rats, although other scientists have questioned the relevance of the findings to humans.
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