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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
Greg Marley, mushroom man, seeks to heal fungus fears
Bangor Daily News - 7/24/2010.
By Emily Burnham – For the past 35 years, Greg Marley, 55, has been a devoted amateur mycologist, teaching interested people about the many mushroom species right in our backyards in Maine that are delicious to eat and may confer a number of health benefits.
Introducing ‘The Monsanto Challenge’
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2010.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – About a month ago, I had the temerity to suggest that Maine Public Television question the use of the words "sustainable agriculture" when it accepts the sponsorship dollars of the Monsanto Corp. Monsanto's genetically modified seeds represent the opposite of sustainability. Monsanto sustains Monsanto through the monopoly of its genetically modified seed varieties, not farmers, who are on the hook to buy their seeds.
Council hears herbicide beefs
Kennebec Journal - 7/23/2010.
By Keith Edwards – Augusta: City councilors appear to be seeking balance between concerns herbicides are putting residents’ health at risk and the need to prevent weeds from damaging sidewalks and other public areas.
Farmers find friends indeed
Portland Press Herald - 7/23/2010.
By Edward D. Murphy – Gorham: Tony Tanguay was on vacation near Greenville, but he didn't hesitate Wednesday night when he heard that a severe storm had blown down a barn on Ed and Becky Benson's dairy farm. Tanguay, who is a Central Maine Power Co. lineman and milks cows for the Bensons part time, didn't need much time to decide what to do when a relative sent him a text message about the storm and the damage it had caused.
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