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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
New market day expands options for buying local
Portland Press Herald - 6/2/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Buying local food in downtown Portland just got more convenient. Two weeks ago, the Portland Farmers Market added another day, with a new crop of farmers who intend to set up shop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Monday in Monument Square.
Readers send recipes for variation on smooth, sweet rhubarb pie
Bangor Daily News - 6/2/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Rhubarb custard pies! Yum. Sometimes they are called rhubarb creme pie, and unlike the Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pies, which Garrison Keillor of “A Prairie Home Companion” says will take the taste of shame and humiliation out of your mouth, this style of rhubarb pie is very smooth and sweet.
Building a market through community
Bangor Daily News - 6/2/2010.
Perry: Every one of us has visited a small, independent restaurant, business or little shop whose atmosphere is so welcoming, so comfortable, that not only do we feel completely at home, we want to return again and again. Visitors who walk through the centuries-old doors of The Red Sleigh on U.S. Route 1 in Perry are lucky enough to get that feeling.
California poised to approve deadly pesticide for strawberry crop
Grist - 6/2/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The continuing disaster in the Gulf of Mexico helps one see other regulatory controversies in a different light. Take, for example, the battle in California over the use of the pesticide methyl iodide, a chemical so toxic, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, "that even chemists are reluctant to handle it."
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