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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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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
Saco farm provides a trip back in time
Portland Press Herald - 1/3/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Roland Fogg has always liked to gaze over the fields of his family's Fogg Farm in Saco and reflect on how little has changed over the last 200 years. David Johnson knows those moments, noting that his cousin has often ended up saying, "I thank you, Rufus."
We’ve lost nearly all our wild foods. What happened? And what are we missing?
Alternet - 1/2/2012.
By Jill Richardson – Once upon a time, wild foods were a regular and beloved part of the American diet. Today, the American epicure might dine on foraged mushrooms and ramps, but for many of us, fish are the last wild food we eat.
Maine land conserved at a strong pace in 2011
Kennebec Journal - 1/2/2012.
By Beth Quimby – Clayton Haskell needed land to expand his beef operation at Pleasant River Farm in Windham to supply meat to Saint Joseph's College in Standish. So when 217 acres of the Clark family farm a mile away became available at the bargain basement price of $200,000 through the Maine Farmland Trust last year, he snapped it up.
No easy answers to New England cod crisis
Kennebec Journal - 1/1/2012.
AP – Boston: In an industry where agreement comes slowly, the sudden prospect of huge fishing cuts to protect New England's codfish inspired a quick consensus: Scores of fishermen will be ruined if those cuts are passed.
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