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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
Women lead a farming revolution in Iowa
Christian Science Monitor - 2/25/2009.
Women own nearly half of Iowa’s farmland. But they find they have a common problem: The men they hire to farm their land often don’t treat it with the tender care they expect – and often won’t listen when they complain about it. Women from three counties near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, discovered the shared view in a series of meetings on “Women Caring for the Land.”
How to survive the coming century
New Scientist - 2/25/2009.
By Gaia Vince – Alligators basking off the English coast; a vast Brazilian desert; the mythical lost cities of Saigon, New Orleans, Venice and Mumbai; and 90 per cent of humanity vanished. Welcome to the world warmed by 4 deg. C [7.2 deg. Fahrenheit]. Clearly this is a vision of the future that no one wants, but it might happen.
Restaurateurs hope it’ll be a week to remember
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Eateries large and small have signed up for Maine's first Restaurant Week, hoping to lure skittish diners to their tables and then keep 'em coming back.
Weathering the economy cooperatively
Kennebec Journal - 2/24/2009.
By Keith Edwards – AUGUSTA – Co-ops are well-equipped to deal with hard times because members share the burdens and fruits of the business, according to organizers of a Saturday conference on co-ops. The 15th annual Changing Maine conference, this year titled "The Co-op Model: Transition to a Democratic Economy," will focus on how using the co-op business model can help people meet their needs in hard times.
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