The Partridge Challenge
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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PO Box 170, Unity, Maine 04988
294 Crosby Brook Road
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!
Search for local certified-organic food on MOFGACertification.org.
December 2 - Kitchen Licensing Workshop
MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity. For farmers and others interested in processing food at home for resale. Registration.
December 4 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Radio Show
10 to 11 a.m., WERU, 89.9 and 99.9 FM and weru.org
December 8 - QuickBooks Training presented by Farm Credit East
11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center, Unity. $450 per farm (up to 2 people may attend per session). Bring your own bag lunch. Details.
January - Growers' Meetings
MOFGA Agricultural Services and MOFGA Certification Services host growers' meetings on topics TBA
January 12 - MOFGA Annual Membership Meeting at the Maine Agricultural Trades Show
1:30 p.m., Augusta Civic Center. Hear reports from MOFGA board members, staff and committees; vote on a slate of board members. Q&A period. This is also MOFGA Day at the Trades Show – a full day of presentations and workshops on organic production in Maine. Free.
March 5 - MOFGA’s Spring Growth Conference: Soils
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center, Unity
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