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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
So many ways to preserve harvest, barely the space to store it
Maine Sunday Telegram - 9/16/2012.
By Tom Atwell – Vegetable gardens are in full flush now. Tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, potatoes, onions and squash are producing abundantly – a lot more than you, your family, friends and neighbors can eat. That means it's time to preserve fruits and vegetables for the winter, when your garden will not be producing anything.
Bee study lifts lid on hive habits
The Guardian [UK] - 9/16/2012.
By Ian Sample – Experiments on the division of labour in honeybee hives have revealed why some bees do the waggle dance while others nurse their queens. According to a report in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the job a worker bee does corresponds to distinct patterns of chemicals that latch on to and regulate certain genes in their brains.
Why your health is bigger than your body
Yes! - 9/15/2012.
By Claudia Rowe – Talking with Dr. Ted Schettler is probably unlike any conversation you have had with your physician. Raise the topic of breast cancer or diabetes or dementia, and Schettler starts talking about income disparities, industrial farming, and campaign finance reform.
Screening Dates Set For Betting The Farm
MOFGA Announcements - 9/14/2012.
This film is about MOFGA-certified organic dairies. Faced with losing their small farms, they launch their own milk company -- a gamble that will either ruin or save them. You can see the film at venues around Maine beginning on September 27th.
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