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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
How Willie Nelson’s bedrock, the family farmer, could save the American economy
Common Dreams - 7/23/2010.
By Laura Edwards-Orr – In celebration of its 25th year, Farm Aid, the longest running concert-for-a-cause, has published a report to help us make this push. Rebuilding America's Economy with Family-Farm Centered Food Systems takes one of the more sensitive topics in the American psyche today, the economy, and convincingly demonstrates the bounty of opportunity that family farmers can bring to local and regional communities.
A batch of blues ready for picking
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2010.
By Betty Adams – Fayette: Clusters of grape-sized blueberries bow branches on the 1,500 highbush plants at Steep HIll Farm. The ripened fruit hangs at an easy picking level. No bending required, no rakes needed. Bob Panit and Shirley Jackson picked two pies' worth of the Patriot and Northland varieties on a visit this week. The New Hampshire couple summer at a camp in Mount Vernon, and visit the blueberry farm each year.
Open Farm Day events
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2010.
Farms throughout the state are inviting the public to take barn tours and sample their crops at the 21st Open Farm Day on Sunday. Visiting hours for most farms will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some farms will have longer hours for special events, such as milking demonstrations.
Fired USDA worker gets apology from the top
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2010.
By Mary Clare Jalonick and Ben Evans (AP) – Washington: The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a "unique opportunity" for a new job and said she was thinking it over.
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