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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
Soup to Nuts: Get real – maple syrup, that is
Portland Press Herald - 3/21/2012.
by Meredith Goad. Besides its undeniable deliciousness, maple syrup – the genuine article, that is – has all kinds of good things going on, including a boatload of antioxidants.
Industrial Agriculture Strawberry lovers rejoice: Methyl iodide off the market for now
Grist - 3/21/2012.
by Twilight Greenaway. We hear a lot about recalls these days. But last night it wasn't ground turkey, cantaloupes, or peanut butter that was taken off the market. It was one of the most hotly contested pesticides in recent memory: methyl iodide.
Garden activities for young children
The Washington Post - 3/21/2012.
By Barbara Damrosch – If the view from our farm is any sign, young Americans are heading to the country in droves to grow food. They find the land, buy the pickup and build the barn, and then they have ... children. And that’s when things get complicated. You can’t hop on a tractor and bring your toddler along.
Despite the headlines, Big Ag subsidies aren’t going anywhere
Grist - 3/20/2012.
by Twilight Greenaway. The “era of direct payments is over for farmers,” reports Bloomberg Businessweek. “Farm subsidies could finally be on the chopping block,” says this recent article in the Baltimore Sun. Meanwhile the president of the ultra-conservative American Farm Bureau Federation was even quoted recently saying, “the public will no longer support direct payments to farmers.”
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