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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
Innovative program would establish funding for rural areas
Kennebec Journal - 1/9/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Strong, Rockport and the Unity region will participate in a pilot program encouraging residents to pledge 5 percent of their estates to local community development funds. Maine Rural Partners, the state's federally recognized rural development council, launched the new effort Friday in a State House Cabinet Room ceremony.
Gates Foundation throws its lot with agribusiness
Grist - 1/8/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The Gates Foundation has emerged as a kind of de facto USDA for Africa: a deep-pocketed funder with a focus on agriculture, in a continent that has seen ag-research funding plunge over the past several decades. For a while, the Gates Foundation sought to avoid a reputation as a cheerleader for biotech “solutions” to Africa’s agriculture troubles. Then Bill Gates himself gave his blunt pro-biotech speech in October 2009 at the awards ceremony of the industrial-ag-friendly World Food Prize. And now the Gates Foundation has finally named a new director of agricultural development: long-time biotech exec and investor Sam Dryden.
Conservation indeed
Kennebec Journal - 1/8/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: Groups representing lobstermen, farmers and sportsmen ripped apart the governor's proposal to consolidate some natural resource functions Thursday, saying it wouldn't save money and would hurt their industries.
Groups wary of merging state departments
Bangor Daily News - 1/8/2010.
By Kevin Miller – Augusta: Groups representing farmers, sportsmen, commercial fishermen and loggers criticized a Baldacci administration proposal to study once again ways to improve collaboration among Maine’s natural resources agencies, dismissing it as a backdoor attempt to merge the departments.
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