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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
Mainer fights cuts to organic farming
Kennebec Journal - 4/7/2011.
By Jonathan Riskind – Washington: When Sarah Smith's Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan needed help to create pastures where cows could graze even in a summer drought, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program chipped in $1,300 and priceless expert advice. That and other programs that boost organic farmers could be cut as lawmakers struggle with spending priorities, with the focus on reducing the federal deficit and national debt.
Poll: Mainers want strong environmental laws
Bangor Daily News - 4/7/2011.
AP – Portland: A poll released as environmental laws come under attack in Augusta indicates Mainers want economic prosperity without rolling back environmental rules and regulations. The Critical Insights survey says nine of 10 Maine voters believe protection of the environment should be a priority, with 53 percent deeming it a “high priority.”
Lesson learned: appreciate everything that goes into a meal
Portland Press Herald - 4/6/2011.
By Anne Mahle – This winter, I've been working with a farmer/chef, Neal Foley, of Claddah Farms in Montville, where he raises all of his own animals and sells a good bit of them through butchery and cooking classes.
Skowhegan organic farmer to talk policy in Congress
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/5/2011.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Sarah Smith of Grassland Farm likes to talk about organic foods and the $36.6 million in sales it generates annually in Maine. Smith, 29, will have plenty of opportunity to discuss all things organic Wednesday and Thursday when she travels to Washington D.C. to meet members of Congress.
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