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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
Farmers hope to plow the way for sustainable U.S. hemp
Grist - 1/15/2013.
By Susie Cagle - A couple months ago, I asked if industrial hemp would make a resurgence thanks to new legalization and cultural acceptance of cannabis. A real hemp industry could be as much as 10 times bigger than legal marijuana, which is already a potentially $1 billion industry in Washington and $200 million in Colorado.
Path-blazing researcher explores environmental links to autism
GreenWire - 1/15/2013.
Jeremy P. Jacobs - Davis, Calif.: What causes autism? The question has spurred about a billion dollars' worth of genetics research that has found no clear answer. But University of California, Davis, epidemiologist Irva Hertz-Picciotto has been pursuing another angle: Does the environment around a pregnant woman play a role in determining whether her child develops autism?
Governor LePage Greets Farmers at Agricultural Trades Show
Farming Magazine - 1/15/2013.
Maine Governor Paul R. LePage walked the show floor at the Augusta Civic Center and took part in honoring the legacy of Russell Libby, who was named the recipient of the Commissioner's Distinguished Service Award for 2013. During a luncheon gathering of 350, [Commissioner Walter] Whitcomb said, "For everyone in this room, the words 'organic farming' are synonymous with Russell Libby in the state of Maine."
Dry outlook troublesome for drought-stricken U.S.
Reuters - 1/15/2013.
Forecasts for a return to dry weather for the balance of January in the already drought-stricken U.S. western Midwest and Plains are renewing worries among agriculture interests following the worst drought in more than 50 years in 2012.
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