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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
Investors plant the seeds for slow money
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – While brokers tempt investors with derivatives, hedge funds and collateralized debt obligations that are able to zip around the globe at lightening speed, venture capitalist Woody Tasch wants to see a return to a slow but steady gold standard with more long-term security than a blue chip stock.
Maine Ingredient: the time is right for tomatoes
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2010.
By Brooke Dojny – This seems to be shaping up to be a wonderful summer for tomatoes here in Maine – much better than last year, thank goodness, when blight hit much of the crop.
Doctor’s orders in Maine: eat your veggies
Bangor Daily News - 8/18/2010.
By David Sharp – Portland: Physicians long have told patients fighting obesity to eat their fruits and vegetables. Now they’re writing prescriptions for it. Health care providers are offering vouchers worth $1 per day to members of low-income families in Maine and Massachusetts participating in a new program.
UK backs down on healthy school food
The Atlantic - 8/18/2010.
By Marion Nestle – The new conservative government in Great Britain is doing all it can to promote unhealthy eating. First, it backed down on traffic-light food labels. Then, it took the food label regulatory functions away from its too-interventionist Food Standards Agency. Now, it is reneging on regulations requiring schools to serve healthier foods.
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