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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
The Toxicity Panic
The Atlantic - 4/28/2011.
By Judith Shulevitz. The contemporary fear of plastics and other household menaces can’t possibly be justified—or can it?
Black Bear Dining considers Maine-grown food a ‘top priority’
Mobile Maine News - 4/28/2011.
Black Bear Dining has increased its offering of Maine-grown produce by 50 percent within the past year.
Organic Produce Growth Loses Some Power but Remains Strong
Organic Consumers - 4/27/2011.
by Ashley Bentley of The Packer. Organic produce leads the way for the entire organic industry in 2011. The Organic Trade Association released its 2011 Organic Industry Survey in mid-April, which reflected less than 8% growth in the organic industry overall, but almost 40% growth in organic fruits and vegetables. The organic sector was a $28.6 billion industry in 2010, with organic produce responsible for $10.6 billion - up almost 12% from 2009.
Is Your Organic Compost Really Sewage Sludge?
Mother Jones - 4/27/2011.
by Josh Harkinson. Poop may be the least of the problems with biosolids; sludge's dirty secret is that it can contain anything that goes down the drain—from Prozac flushed down toilets to motor oil hosed from factory floors. A 2009 EPA survey of sludge samples from across the US found nearly universal contamination by 10 flame retardants and 12 pharmaceuticals and exceptionally high levels of endocrine disruptors such as triclosan, an ingredient in antibacterial soap that scientists believe is killing amphibians. Large food processors such as H.J. Heinz won't allow crops grown with sludge in any of their products.
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