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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
Message For MOFGA Supporters From Russell Libby and Barbara Damrosch
MOFGA Announcements - 10/17/2012.

MOFGA's Executive Director Russell Libby and Board President Barbara Damrosch announce transitions and gratitude for years of service at MOFGA.

In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first
The Guardian [UK] - 10/17/2012.
By Olivier De Schutter – Does a U-turn in Brussels spell the end for biofuels? There is no doubting that plans to revise EU biofuel targets downwards mark a major turning point. While failing to go far enough, the EU executive has nonetheless realised it is imprudent to support, let alone mandate, extra biofuel production.
Moment of truth: Is the ‘food movement’ for real – or just talk?
Grist - 10/17/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – At the start of the Obama administration, the newly minted president, the same one who quoted Michael Pollan, immediately and disappointingly set about enforcing the food and farm policy status quo. To some political analysts, this came as absolutely no surprise.
A tale worth telling of regional foods, biodiversity
Portland Press Herald - 10/17/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Local food is hot, hot, hot, but food with regional ties or the wherewithal to thrive in a specific place doesn't get as much hype. This is why David Buchanan of Portland decided to pen "Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, and Why They Matter."
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