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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
Fishbowl Farm plans to end farmers market sales, focus on wholesale
Portland Press Herald - 9/24/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – After this season, Fishbowl Farm intends to end its retail market business. Since 2004, the Bowdoinham farm has been a popular vendor at the Portland and Brunswick farmers markets. It also operates a CSA subscription program. Once these summer markets close up shop around Thanksgiving, Fishbowl Farm intends to change its business model and focus on wholesale accounts for salad greens.
50 years after Silent Spring
Casaubon’s Book - 9/24/2012.
By Sharon Astyk – The single possible exception to the overstatement of the importance of popular books might be the claim that Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” began the environmental movement. Carson’s book hit the stores like a bomb. Most people simply had never thought about this. If a nascent environmental movement existed (it did) it all of a sudden went mainstream.
Looking for growth in Maine’s agricultural economy
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2012.
By Stephanie Welcomer – Maine’s agricultural sector has played a prominent role in the state’s economy, culture and environment for more than a century. Of Maine’s approximately 20 million acres, about 1.35 million are devoted to some aspect of farming.
Common Ground fair attracts thousands to Unity
Bangor Daily News - 9/24/2012.
Unity: Thousands of people turned out over the weekend to take in the 36th annual Common Ground Country Fair, enjoying the three-day event that celebrates rural life in Maine.
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