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The Partridge Challenge
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
Fire destroys Brooks apple ladder manufacturing facility
Bangor Daily News - 5/10/2012.
By Abigail Curtis – Brooks: As his manufacturing facility continued to smolder Wednesday afternoon from a devastating fire that began the night before, Peter Baldwin said he wasn’t sure what the future will bring for the business he has run in a converted dairy barn on Hall Hill Road for 23 years. The fire at Baldwin Apple Ladders consumed part of a year’s inventory of the wooden ladders, all his equipment and a year’s worth of rungs.
Thousands more farmers markets will soon take food stamps
Grist - 5/10/2012.
By Rachel Cernansky – When it comes to giving more people access to fresh, healthy food, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned a great deal of its focus in recent years toward farmers markets. And, more specifically, opening farmers markets up to Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) or “food stamp” users.
Community-supported-farming goes buffet in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 5/9/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Starting in June, Beth Schiller and Lee Straw are taking a gamble. The two farmers, owners of Dandelion Springs Farm and Straw Farm in Newcastle, are starting the state's first year-round, all-you-can-eat CSA. Yes, all you can eat.
The croft
Transition Network - 5/9/2012.
By Sharon Blackie – One of the remarkable things about crofting is that it provides the best of two worlds: the system is individualistic – a crofter runs and manages his own croft – and collaborative – the elected township Grazings Committee manages the communal land and can often fulfil other functions as well.
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