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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
Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights and the Economy Report
Heinreich Böll Stiftung North America - 10/3/2011.
By Debbie Barker – The links between climate change and industrial agriculture create a nexus of crises – food insecurity, natural resource depletion and degradation, as well as human rights violations and inequities. This report unravels the interrelated causes of and effects on these issues.
Battle escalates against genetically modified crops
Inter Press Service - 10/2/2011.
By Kanya D'Almeida – Washington: Home to a fast-growing network of farmers' markets, cooperatives and organic farms, but also the breeding ground for mammoth for-profit corporations that now hold patents to over 50 percent of the world's seeds, the United States is weathering a battle between Big Agro and a ripening movement for food justice and security.
Vendors fight city ban on raw milk at farmers markets
Portland Press Herald - 10/1/2011.
By Jason Singer – Portland: About a dozen farmers and raw-milk drinkers showed up unexpectedly this week at a meeting of the City Council's Health and Recreation Committee, frustrated by a recent crackdown on people selling raw milk at farmers markets. Vendors have been selling it for some time, but sales at farmers markets aren't allowed under city code.
Rules change a boon for organic hops
Portland Press Herald - 10/1/2011.
AP – Toppenish, Washington: Call it a hops revolution. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of the key flavor ingredient in beer and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013.
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