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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
Fresh food without the hassle
Kennebec Journal - 2/28/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Hallowell – David Young liked the idea of eating fresh produce without the hassle of caring for a garden. He had heard from friends about community supported agriculture in which farms offer shares of their crops to members who pay in advance for the growing season.
BPA battle to gauge LePage’s clout
Kennebec Journal - 2/28/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: Gov. Paul LePage's proposed repeal of Maine's efforts to restrict bisphenol A, a chemical that state health agencies concluded poses a health risk to babies, will likely test his ability to pass controversial measures, even though Republicans control the Legislature.
LePage using ‘junk science’ not ‘sound science’
Kennebec Journal - 2/28/2011.
Gail Carlson – In his proposed environmental rollbacks, Gov. Paul LePage is trying to give the impression that he has science on his side, which could not be further from the truth. For example, regarding the Department of Environmental Protection rule to phase out Bisphenol A in children's products, LePage claims the scientific studies he has seen do not support a BPA ban. He must not be looking very hard, because I know about hundreds of independent, peer-reviewed studies on the negative health impacts of BPA.
Lovers of local food find reason to dream
Portland Press Herald - 2/28/2011.
By Glenn Jordan – Portland: Jessie Grearson of Falmouth, along with her husband and their two daughters, spent a sizable chunk of Sunday morning shoveling snow. But for a few hours Sunday afternoon, Grearson forgot all about ice and snow and winter worries. Walking around inside the Woodfords Congregational Church, Grearson and her family met with two dozen local farmers. They spoke of tomatoes and planting seeds and about sharing in a bountiful local harvest.
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