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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
Watchdog Warns Of 'Dirty Dozen' Hormone Disruptors As Scientists, Industry Argue Regulation
Huffington Post - 10/28/2013.
By Lynne Peeples - Bisphenol A has gotten a much higher profile in recent years, as the "BPA-free" label adorns an increasing number of water bottles and baby products. News headlines regularly hint at possible connections between BPA and a lengthening list of health problems. But the ingredient is still common in plastics, food can liners – and in our bodies. The chemical can be found in 93 percent of Americans, according to a guide released Monday by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group and the Keep-A-Breast Foundation.
New research - wild blueberries help heart
Kennebec Journal - 10/27/2013.
AP - A new study says wild blueberries have the potential to improve heart health. In their study, researchers from Germany’s University of Dusseldorf and the United Kingdom’s University of Reading and University of Northumbria concluded that wild blueberries may help blood vessels function better and remain healthier, thus relieving pressure on the heart.
Back to the drawing board: Annie Leonard shows us how to solve our planet’s problems
Grist - 10/27/2013.
By Amelia Urry - From the people who brought you such hits as The Story of Stuff and The Story of Change comes a new video in which well-informed stick figures contemplate some of the troubles facing our planet. This time, Annie Leonard and her merry band of sketchers turn our attention to the ways in which the solutions to our dauntingly huge environmental and economic problems might be approached.
‘Crop robber’ weed takes root in Midwest
Portland Press Herald - 10/27/2013.
AP - Minneapolis: It’s a beast of a weed, creeping north into the Midwest from cotton country. Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as seven feet, and just one plant can produce up to a million seeds. Herbicide is increasingly futile against it, and the weed’s thick stems and deep roots make it hard work to clear by hand. It can slash yields and profits when it gets out of control.
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