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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
Portland Press Herald - 6/9/2010.
By Meredith Goad – WASHINGTON - Julia Davis and her fiance, Andy McLeod, surveyed their 7,500-square-foot garden in a peaceful meadow, pointing out where they've planted potatoes, squash, cucumbers and onions that are now shooting out of the fine sandy loam like strands of hair on a balding man's head. "Some days it looks big, some days it looks tiny," McLeod, 34, said of the garden. "The days we weed, it looks bigger," added Davis, who is 30.
From farm to TABLE
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2010.
By Emily Burnham – BLUE HILL - When Jeff Kelly needs to restock his kitchen at his Blue Hill restaurant, Table, he has a lot of traveling to do. There’s asiago cheese from Sonnental Dairy in Smyrna, ricotta and Cheddar from Harmony Mills Farm in Waltham, chicken breasts from Old Ackley Farm in Castine, lamb chops from Aroostook County, mussels plucked from Blue Hill Bay and produce from all over.
Warm gingerbread makes for happy summer memories
Bangor Daily News - 6/9/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Chocolate has unseated molasses in the past few years as a comfort-food flavoring. Before chewy chocolate chip cookies dominated the cookie jar, there were soft, luscious molasses cookies, and before brownies took over there was gingerbread. I get a real hankering for gingerbread sometimes, and this lovely, cakey one with the crisp top came from my grandma.
How the agrochemical industry turns failure into market opportunity
Grist - 6/9/2010.
By Tom Philpott – Monsanto rolled out seeds genetically engineered to withstand its Roundup herbicide back in the mid-1990s. Today, Roundup Ready crops blanket U.S. farmland. According to USDA figures, 90 percent of soybeans and 60 percent of corn and cotton planted in the United States contain the Roundup-resistant gene.
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