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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
Backyard Locavore Tour will cover a lot of ground
Portland Press Herald - 8/11/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – After more than 300 people bought tickets to last year's inaugural Backyard Locavore Tour, the organizers are getting ready for another oversized crowd when the edible garden excursion returns this Saturday. Unlike more typical garden tours, this event highlights plots growing vegetables, fruits and herbs, with a few offering a glimpse of small livestock husbandry and beekeeping.
Eating gluten-free: tasty dishes without wheat
Bangor Daily News - 8/11/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Megan Kemp gave birth to her son Hunter in January 2003. He was a healthy child, falling in the 75th percentile for weight. By age 3, Hunter weighed 38 pounds. By age 4, however, he weighed 37 pounds, and by 5, that weight hadn’t changed. Mom was beginning to get very, very worried.
Is environmental injustice morphing little girls’ bodies?
Common Dreams - 8/11/2010.
By Michelle Chen – The beginning of adolescence is a tough time for any girl. It's harder when you're growing up in a tough neighborhood and go to a rough school. And it's really hard when you face all the surging hormones and other tribulations of puberty before you even reach your eighth birthday.
USDA wants us to ‘know your farmer,’ FDA wants us to stay home
Grist - 8/11/2010.
By David Gumpert – Customers of Country Hen, a central Massachusetts organic egg producer, found an upsetting announcement in their egg cartons recently: The farm tours that had been a tradition of the farm since it opened 22 years ago were being discontinued.
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