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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
Penobscot farm tour offers in-depth look at organic growing
The Weekly Packet - 7/18/2013.
By Kirsten Reed - Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)-certified Blue Zee Farm was the setting for the latest in a series of local farm tours on Saturday, June 13. The tour was co-sponsored by the Blue Hill Co-op and the Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Blue Zee Farm sits just over the Penobscot border on Route 15, but its land stretches across the town’s border into Penobscot.
Some farmers want more scrutiny of new Monsanto crops
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/18/2013.
By Georgina Gustin - A coalition of farmers is asking federal regulators to further scrutinize Monsanto Co.’s new soybean and cotton offerings, saying they could pose environmental threats to nearby crops.
Stain-resistant chemicals linked to high blood pressure during pregnancy
Environmental Health News - 7/18/2013.
Mothers’ exposure to chemicals that make consumer products stain- and water-resistant was linked to high blood pressure during pregnancy in an analysis of highly exposed communities in West Virginia and Ohio. Hypertension during pregnancy can be life-threatening for the mother and child. The study is the first prospective assessment of exposure and subsequent birth outcomes in this population.
Reach for the Sun
Slate - 7/18/2013.
By Mark Hertsgaard - Photosynthesis, in the form of biochar, may be one of our best defenses against climate change.
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