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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
Force-fed: How corporate sponsorship poisons nation’s top group of nutritionists
Grist - 1/28/2013.
By Anna Lappe - In a powerful just-released report, public health attorney and author Michele Simon delves into just how deep the ties are between America’s food industry and those dieticians and nutritionists who are supposedly helping inform the public about what’s good to eat.
EU stops short of insecticide ban
Agence France-Presse - 1/28/2013.
The European Commission failed to ban neonicotinoid insecticides but will develop "stringent" measures to protect bees from their dangers.
Belfast business gives farmers, food processors space to succeed
Bangor Daily News - 1/27/2013.
By Abigail Curtis - Belfast: Cheryl Wixson may have spent some of this week scrubbing fresh marinara sauce out of her hair, but she’s still thrilled about the reason why. Wixson and her husband, Phillip McFarland, have been testing the brand-new food preparation equipment that they’ve moved into space rented in Coastal Farms and Foods, Inc.
Future of agriculture in Maine strong, if challenges are met, UMA panel says
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 1/27/2013.
By Susan McMillan - Augusta: A panel at the University of Maine at Augusta on Sunday reported that Maine's land, growing conditions and location in the Northeast make the state well-positioned for growth in agriculture. Challenges include land prices, the workforce and infrastructure to support farms, said John Piotti, executive director of Maine Farmland Trust. Orchardist Marilyn Meyerhans and farmer L. Herbert "Bussie" York were the other speakers.
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