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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
Real ‘comfort food’ comes from local farms
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/18/2009.
By Pat Theriault – Waterville: I have always associated the term comfort food with food prepared at home: creamy mashed potatoes and a savory pot roast, baked macaroni and cheese, a warm slice of apple pie. But this summer I have developed a new definition: comfort food is food that is grown close to home.
Is anyone in charge of food safety?
Grist - 10/16/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – The fact that there remains no one in charge of food safety at the USDA has become a sick sort of joke among food policy types. It’s true that there is a second in command, Jerold Mande—but he’s a cancer doctor with no food safety background and, at best, a caretaker. He has no authority to make policy or initiate reform.
Seafood! LIamas! Compost! Sampling Local Flavor at the Common Ground Country Fair
Organic Nation TV - 10/16/2009.
On our trip through Maine, one of our most exciting destinations was the Common Ground Country Fair, a super eco-friendly event which is run by the Maine Organic Farmers Association (MOFGA), THE oldest organic organization in the country! It was a great place to check out the area's local food, crafts and some delicious fried seafood …
'Sea Change' On Inerts Disclosure
Inside EPA - 10/15/2009.
EPA has sent for White House review a pre-rule notice for its planned rulemaking to increase public disclosure of inert ingredients in pesticides in an effort “to effect a sea change” in how the information is made public.
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