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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
Local duo taps into maple wine, spirits market
Kennebec Journal - 1/31/2011.
By Leslie Bridgers – Oakland: Bruce Olson and Steve Buchsbaum thought it would be a lot of work to start distilling their own maple brandy. But they didn't know it would be impossible. By its legal definition, brandy is made from fruit, Buchsbaum said. So, what do you call a spirit distilled from fermented maple syrup? "It doesn't fit into any category," he said.
Gorham may ease farm animal limits
Portland Press Herald - 1/31/2011.
By Beth Quimby – Gorham: Downtown Gorham residents who have yearned to turn their yards into working farms may finally get the chance. The Town Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a land-use code change that would allow the keeping of livestock in the town's more densely populated neighborhoods.
More farmers’ markets are expanding into winter
Bangor Daily News - 1/31/2011.
By Sharon Kiley Mack - Belfast: In the past, when farmers markets were established in a community, they were expected to run from June to September, capitalizing on the peak of the summer harvest season. But now, not only are most farmers markets looking for locations to expand in the off-season, but newly formed markets such as the Woodlawn Farmers’ Market in Ellsworth are being set up on the assumption they will operate year-round.
Fish consumption at all time high
Grist - 1/31/2011.
Rome – Fish consumption reached record levels in 2010 and world stocks need to be urgently rebuilt, experts at the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a report Monday.
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