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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
Angriculture and the Environment, It's Our Choice
Common Dreams - 4/30/2009.
by Jim Goodman. Farmers claim to be stewards of the environment, some would say it's best friend; others, its worst enemy. The truth is we can be both. Humans have never left a small footprint, we have always tried to shape the environment to suit our needs. Initially farming had one purpose, food; farming provided a more stable diet than the hunter-gatherer existence.
‘New Scientist’: Swine flu stems from virus that evolved in U.S.
Grist - 4/30/2009.
by Tom Philpott. In a pair of articles in New Scientist, Debora MacKenzie links the swine flu virus now spreading across the globe to large-scale pork-raising operations in the United States.
What Do Low Income Americans Think About Sustainable Food?
La Vida Locavore - 4/29/2009.
by Jill Richardson. The food justice movement spends countless hours and dollars trying to help low-income Americans obtain access to fresh, healthy food, but what do low-income folks want? Clearly, people want to be able to eat, but do they think "organic" means "yuppie food"? An article by Caroline B. Webber and Jamie S. Dollahite called "Attitudes and Behaviors of Low-Income Food Heads of Households Toward Sustainable Food Concepts" set out to address that.
Imagine a World Without Seafood for Supper -- It's Nearer Than You Think
Alternet - 4/29/2009.
by Andrew Purvis, The Observer U.K. The majority of fish populations have been reduced by 70-95% -- and global demand keeps rising.
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