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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
We need to face daunting facts about energy
Kennebec Journal - 12/29/2010.
Letter to editor by Richard K. Jennings, M.D. – We continue to read many letters indeed from friends of Lincoln Lake, friends of the Highland Mountains and countless more. So now, although I’m not a member of any of these organizations, I’d like go on record as being a true friend of all those lakes and mountains, which are an integral part of Maine’s quality of place.
Don’t skimp on the shrimp: Maine shrimp season in full swing
Bangor Daily News - 12/29/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Pandalus borealis sounds like something fantastical, like a figure from mythology or a legendary creature. It’s actually the scientific name for a little pink crustacean that fishermen pluck by the ton from the coldest parts of the ocean each winter — the tiny, briny, deliciously sweet wild Maine shrimp.
Salmonella Pops Up In Sprouts, Cilantro And Parsley
National Public Radio - 12/29/2010.
By Scott Hensley – Enough already. Will the contamination of food we thought was healthy ever stop? Turns out that alfalfa sprouts, practically the poster child for health foods, can make you sick. The Food and Drug Administration says you shoudn't eat sprouts from Tiny Greens Organic Farm of Urbana, Ill. Stay way from the company's organically grown alfalfa sprouts and its line of Spicy Sprouts, a mix that includes radish and clover sprouts.
What Is in Fast Food? A Newly Discovered Reason to Avoid Fast Food
Huffington Post - 12/29/2010.
By Dr. Joseph Mercola – A new study shows that toxic perfluoroalkyls, which are used in surface protection treatments and coatings to keep grease from leaking through fast food wrappers, are being ingested by people through their food and showing up as contaminants in blood.
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