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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
House votes to ban bisphenol-A
Kennebec Journal - 4/8/2011.
By Rebekah Metzler – Augusta: The Maine House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly endorsed banning the chemical bisphenol-A from children's products such as sippy cups and baby bottles. The ban on BPA, which many studies have shown poses cancer risks to children and pregnant women, was the first proposal to work its way through the chemical regulation process created by Maine's Kids Safe Product Act of 2008.
Key Democrats oppose bill to repeal pesticide notification system, decry question limitations
Press Release - 4/8/2011.
From The Maine Legislature - House Democratic Office. Key Democrats on the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee today announced they opposed a full scale repeal of the pesticide notification law that had a public hearing on Thursday before the committee. The committee considered two proposals to scale back consumer protections that require farmers who spray pesticide applications to notify neighboring abutters who sign up on an internet-based registry prior to spraying.
The Toxicity Panic
The Atlantic - 4/7/2011.
By Judith Shulevitz. The contemporary fear of plastics and other household menaces can’t possibly be justified—or can it?
Bill would end state pesticide registry
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – Augusta: Lawmakers will hear testimony today on bills regarding notification requirements for spraying pesticides, including one proposal that would do away with the notification system altogether. The latter bill, L.D. 228, is sponsored by Rep. Peter Edgecomb, R-Caribou, at the request of the Maine Farm Bureau.
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