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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
Science journal urged to retract Monsanto GM study
Reuters - 11/30/2012.
By Kate Kelland – The publisher of a much-criticized study suggesting genetically modified corn caused tumors in rats has come under heavy pressure from scientists to retract the paper and explain why it was ever printed.
DuPont ‘Fraud’ in Monsanto Seed Case Unsealed by Judge
Bloomberg - 11/30/2012.
By Jack Kaskey and Susan Decker – DuPont Co., the most valuable U.S. chemical maker, lied to a federal court and investors about its right to use Monsanto Co. seed technology as a central part of its defense in a patent lawsuit, a judge ruled.
Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee
National Public Radio - 11/30/2012.
By Robert Krulwich – We'll start in a cornfield – we'll call it an Iowa cornfield in late summer – on a beautiful day. The corn is high. The air is shimmering. There's just one thing missing – and it's a big thing, a very big thing, but I won't tell you what, not yet.
Mali’s Lush Wetlands Drained by Foreign Agribusiness
National Geographic - 11/30/2012.
By Fred Pearce – This piece is part of Water Grabbers: A Global Rush on Freshwater, a special National Geographic News series on how grabbing land – and water – from poor people, desperate governments, and future generations threatens global food security, environmental sustainability, and local cultures.
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