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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
New cookbook highlights dishes from Maine restaurants, chefs
Bangor Daily News - 8/25/2010.
By Emily Burnham – The variety and quality of the Maine dining scene is no longer a secret the natives can keep. Attention from The New York Times, Gourmet magazine and the Washington Post has shined a national spotlight on what Mainers have known for a long time.
Schools’ fresh approach bears fruit (and vegetables)
Portland Press Herald - 8/25/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Under the scorching August sun, Becki Schreiber sorts through a stack of drying garlic, wondering if she should braid it for storage. Nearby, Susan Stowell waters a raised bed bursting with corn stalks. At this time of year, these activities occur daily in gardens across Maine, making them unremarkable.
New England farmers and bakers unite
The New York Times - 8/25/2010.
By Marian Burros – The 250 farmers, bakers, millers, scientists and just plain eaters, all of them fanatics about the kind of bread that is so good it doesn’t need butter or jam, gathered here last month for the fourth annual Kneading Conference.
Time to mend nation’s outdated food safety net
Kennebec Journal - 8/25/2010.
Editorial – The largest egg recall in history is a call to action, both on the national and the individual levels.
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