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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
Nanomaterials in fertilizer products could threaten soil health, agriculture
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 4/24/2013.
By Andrew Ranallo - IATP’s report, Nanomaterials in Soil: Our Future Food Chain?, draws attention to the delicate soil food chain, including microbes and microfauna, that enable plant growth and produce new soil. Laboratory experiments have indicated that sub-molecular nanoparticles could damage beneficial soil microbes and the digestive systems of earthworms, essential engineers in maintaining soil health.
Crowd at Capitol pushes for GMO food labeling
Portland Daily Sun - 4/24/2013.
By David Carkhuff - Likening their effort to a "David and Goliath"-style struggle for consumer rights, advocates of a Maine bill to identify foods with genetically modified organisms as ingredients crowded into the State House Wednesday to push for GMO labeling of foods. "We’re up against a giant," said Ben Pratt, a former Democratic state legislator from Eddington, who called himself a "citizen lobbyist." Pratt, who served on the Agriculture Committee in the Legislature, joined dozens of other citizens in supporting LD 718, An Act to Protect Maine Food Consumers’ Right to Know About Genetically Engineered Food and Seed Stock.
Should Maine require labeling for genetically modified food?
Portland Press Herald - 4/24/2013.
By Steve Mistler - Augusta: The national debate over genetically modified food moved to the State House on Tuesday, pitting agribusiness, grocers and some Maine farmers against a well-organized group of organic farmers and national food-safety advocates seeking to opt out of the "GMO experiment."
Legislation Would Require Clear Labeling of GE Food
Environmental Working Group - 4/24/2013.
Washington, D.C. - Environmental Working Group applauds Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) for introducing the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, bipartisan legislation that would require food manufacturers to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods.
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