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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
Obama’s budget axes bacteria testing for fruits and vegetables
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2012.
By Garance Burke (AP) – San Francisco: President Barack Obama’s proposed budget would eliminate the nation’s only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.
Local in winter: an invitation
Grist - 2/17/2012.
By Twilight Greenaway – This string of dried peppers was a gift from Annabelle Lenderink, a farmer I know. When she handed them to me on one of her last days in the Berkeley Farmers Market for the season, I remember her saying, “They look really nice when the sun shines through them.”
How to heat your chickens with compost
Treehugger - 2/17/2012.
By Sami Grover – We know that you can heat your shower with a compost pile. Heck, you can even cook food on compost if you want to. But here's a neat use of waste heat from the composting process – you can use it to keep your chickens warm.
Organic gardens on small plots take lots of advance planning
Kennebec Journal - 2/17/2012.
By Denis Thoet – The ground is frozen solid. We're two months away from spring and more than three months away from the last frost date, which can be as late as the first week in June. Time to relax? No, it's time to get moving at Long Meadow Farm.
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