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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
Bounty of sea grows in Maine waves
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2012.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough - In the waning days of his commercial fishing career, when Tom Roth needed to justify his purchase of another boat, he decided to harvest rockweed, which lobster businesses use for packing. Six years later, Roth and his wife, Kelly, preside over an expanding business. VitaminSea's offerings now include energy bars studded with blueberries, dark chocolate and kelp, supplements for animals, a seasoning mix, and sea vegetables like alaria, konbu and dulse.
Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Growers
The New York Times - 12/31/2012.
By Jim Robbins - Worm compost (vermicompost) can help plant resist pests and become established faster. Different kinds of worm compost (e.g., made from cow manure vs. vegetable waste) have different properties.
Maine farmers tap technology to grow organic mushroom business
Bangor Daily News - 12/31/2012.
By Lori Valigra - A startup company in Springvale, Maine, called Farming Fungi LLC is growing organic, culinary mushrooms indoors to ensure a year-round supply of fresh produce.
Cal-Maine's Net Falls 39% on Higher Feed Costs
Wall Street Journal - 12/31/2012.
By Melodie Warner - Fiscal second-quarter earnings for Cal-Maine Foods Inc. fell 39% due to higher feed costs (resulting from the summer drought, which raised corn prices to record highs) and acquisition expenses. Cal-Maine is the largest U.S. producer and distributor of fresh-shell eggs. Its brands include Eggland's Best, Farmhouse and 4-Grain.
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