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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
Court Asked to Stop Planting of Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
Environmental News Service - 7/6/2010.
Fort Pierce, Florida: An alliance of conservation organizations is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its approval of open-air field tests of a genetically engineered hybrid of eucalyptus tree across the southern United States.
Work, love converge at organic dairy farm
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 7/6/2010.
By Jason McKibben – Skowhegan: Sarah Smith loves her job. Which is a good thing, because it's a rare moment that she isn't working. Smith and her husband, Garin, operate Grassland Farm in Skowhegan.
300 converge on Unity fairgrounds to talk, learn about Permaculture
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2010.
By Heather Steeves – Unity: About 300 people converged on the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center over the July Fourth weekend to talk about sustainable land use, finding water, keeping bees and more at the sixth annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence. The three-day event was sold out Saturday, according to Lisa Fernandes, one of the organizers. This was the first time Maine hosted the convergence.
Houlton community market finds its footing
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2010.
By Jen Lynds – Houlton: Officials at the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, local vendors and residents are excited by the success they are seeing with a revamped community market that is attracting vendors selling everything from beans to blankets. The Chamber is sponsoring the new market, which will be held every Saturday in Market Square through early September.
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