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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
Grass for fuel fires hope, debate
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/5/2010.
By Tux Turkel – Fallow farmland could heat schools and other buildings in Maine, if a demonstration plant in Aroostook County designed to turn grass into pellet fuel is economically successful. A joint venture led by the University of Maine has won a $1.6 million grant from the Maine Technology Institute to help build a perennial-grass pellet mill in Easton, near Presque Isle.
Spray? No way
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/5/2010.
By Tom Atwell – A movement to limit the use of synthetic pesticides on ornamental lawns and landscapes has begun to take root in Maine. A pesticides summit in Brunswick last month brought together people from inside and outside the state who have successfully instituted pesticide limits and people who are working toward such limits.
New study: A local whole foods diet is like mother like child
Treehugger - 12/5/2010.
By Sara Novak – Being a parent is tough. Even if you're vigilant, feeding finicky kids can be nearly impossible. Even if you serve local, organic, whole foods at home, one birthday party with green icing and your kids scream for more of this addictive drug. Except a new study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine says that what a woman eats during pregnancy determines a child's taste buds.
California sacrifices farm workers in favor of strawberries
Grist - 12/3/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – After a long battle, the state of California has overruled its own scientists and approved the use of the powerful neurotoxic pesticide methyl iodide on strawberries as a replacement for the ozone-depleting pesticide methyl bromide.
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