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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
Peanut recall expands, horrifies lovers of organic peanutty snacks
Grist - 10/18/2012.
By Susie Cagle – Nearly three weeks after it first began, the nationwide recall on all manner of peanutty products has expanded dramatically – and it’s hitting the organic sector particularly hard. The recall now includes raw and processed nut goods produced over the last year by New Mexico company Sunland Inc., a big producer of conventional peanuts and the nation’s largest exporter of organic peanut stuffs.
‘Wheying’ in: cheesemaking as a profession
Bangor Daily News - 10/18/2012.
By Jenn Dobransky – Seven days a week, Allison Lakin makes these five distinct cheeses by hand. She is the owner and cheesemaker of Lakin’s Gorges Cheese LLC located in Rockport, Maine. Half the week, the days can be as long as 15 hours. But make no mistake about it; Lakin loves every minute of her work.
What saved this conventional farm?
Living Maxwell - 10/18/2012.
By Alberto Gonzalez – I recently attended the Organic Pioneer Awards at the Rodale Institute – an amazing event that recognizes people who make a difference in sustainable agriculture. Earlier that day, I visited an organic family farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, owned by James Burkholder. When I met James, his wife Ida, and his lovely family, I realized that I was in presence of a new organic leader.
Sedgwick couple selling shares in community-supported brewery
Bangor Daily News - 10/18/2012.
By Mario Moretto – Sedgwick: Al and Mia Strong moved to Maine 13 years ago with a plan to fulfill their dream of opening a small brewery. Unfortunately, life got in the way. But now, they are turning to a tried-and-true agricultural model to get their nanobrewery off the ground. You’ve heard of community-supported agriculture? This is a community-supported brewery.
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