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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
Closing the farm to plate knowledge gap
Common Dreams - 6/19/2009.
By Rob Smart – In the battle for the hearts and minds (and pocket books) of everyday Americans, the large corporate players in today's industrial food system must be pleased. Consumer advocates for sustainable, healthy food are fighting with farmers, not because either picked a fight with the other, but because the knowledge gap between them has grown so expansive that misunderstandings rule the day.
Sale and use of 200 pesticides to be banned in New BrunswickSale and use of 200 pesticides to be banned in New Brunswick
CBC News - 6/18/2009.
The New Brunswick government is banning the use and sale of 200 over-the-counter lawn-care pesticides starting later this year. Environment Minister Roland Haché announced the ban in the legislative assembly on Thursday. The government is clamping down on pesticides through a regulatory change. Haché said there will be some exemptions to the ban for the agriculture and forestry sectors, as well as golf courses.
Baldacci signs bills to curb obesity: Legislation focuses on restaurants, schools
Bangor Daily News - 6/18/2009.
By Kevin Miller – Gov. John Baldacci ceremonially signed three bills on Wednesday to help Mainers count calories while dining out and to improve the state’s monitoring of childhood obesity. Public health advocates said the measures – including a menu-labeling requirement for chain restaurants – are small but important steps that could reverse Maine’s childhood obesity rate, which is ranked the highest in New England.
A chemical found in most consumer products may cause heart disease in women
Alternet - 6/18/2009.
By Elizabeth Grossman – A study released this week by researchers at the University of Cincinnati says that exposure to bisphenol A may increase heart disease in women. Bisphenol A (BPA) is the chemical building block of polycarbonate plastics and is used in countless consumer products including food and beverage containers, kitchen appliances, electronics, and packaging and is used to make resins that line food and drink cans.
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