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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
Natural Foodie: Homemade baby food offers nutrition, safety, savings
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.
Maine mothers want their babies to have better nutrition, fresher foods with more variety, and less exposure to toxic chemicals like bisphenol A, which is difficult to avoid in commercial baby foods.
Johnny’s donates easement on 29 acres to trust
Kennebec Journal - 2/29/2012.
By Beth Staples – Albion: Benton Field has been forever preserved as a place to grow pumpkins, squash, peppers and tomatoes. Johnny's Selected Seeds donated a 29-acre agricultural conservation easement to Maine Farmland Trust at a ceremony Tuesday morning at Johnny's Research Farm on Foss Hill Road. Erica Buswell of Maine Farmland Trust thanked Johnny's for preserving the land used for plant breeding and seed production.
Organic farmers lament dismissal of lawsuit
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A national group of organic farmers headed by a potato grower from Maine was handed a legal setback Monday when a federal judge sided with agricultural and chemical giant Monsanto in a lawsuit challenging its patents of genetically modified seeds.
Maine stovetop entrepeneurs share and share alliance
Portland Press Herald - 2/29/2012.
By Meredith Goad – Shannon Bissonnette is living out a food fantasy that a lot of Mainers secretly harbor. Bissonnette was working in the corporate world when she started making jams and jellies at home, using raspberries, apples and blueberries left over from pick-your-own expeditions with her children. She gave her creations away to teachers, family members and friends, who soon begged for more.
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