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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
Breakdown of GMO Labeling Laws in Each Country
Nation of Change - 7/31/2013.
By Mike Barrett - Are you aware of the GMO labeling laws implemented around the world? While the United States and Canada have virtually no GE food labeling laws, countries like Russia, Australia, Italy, and more have mandatory labeling of nearly all GE foods.
Adapting to Stress: Early Exposure Gives Amphibians Higher Tolerance To Pesticides
KQED - 7/31/2013.
By Liza Gross - Earlier this year, aquatic ecologist Rick Relyea found that frogs living close to farms were less sensitive to the insecticide chlorpyrifos (but not Roundup), suggesting an ability to evolve resistance to at least one pesticide.
Federal EPA supports Maine's bid to change air pollution regulation
Sun Journal - 7/31/2013.
By Scott Thistle - Lewiston: A proposal by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection seeking to exempt industry from a state air-pollution regulation has the support of the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
National Organic Program – Organic Milk Operations
USDA - 7/30/2013.
(Download) OIG reviewed how the Agricultural Marketing Service, through the National Organic Program, implemented the access to pasture rule for organic dairy cattle. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) generally found that the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) successfully implemented the access to pasture rule as part of its National Organic Program (NOP), but we did identify several areas where the agency could make improvements.
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