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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
Climate change to worsen severe water shortages in US Southwest
Treehugger - 2/11/2011.
By Brian Merchant – We're already well aware that the American Southwest, which is naturally hot and dry, is seriously strapped for water. The situation is getting worse every day as populations in California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico continue unimpeded growth trends. Add in a new study that reveals climate change is going to dry out the region even further, and we're slated to see a potentially catastrophic water shortage.
Maine slaughterhouse fire ruled arson
Bangor Daily News - 2/10/2011.
By Scott Taylor – Auburn: State fire marshals ruled Tuesday that an early-morning fire at a proposed Trapp Road slaughterhouse was arson. The fire was reported a few hours after the Auburn City Council voted to allow a developer to present a controversial plan for the slaughterhouse.
LePage's Secret Puppeteers
The Portland Phoenix - 2/10/2011.
by Colin Woodward. How the governor outsourced his regulatory-reform efforts to corporate lobbyists. Instead of concentrating on removing alleged impediments to job growth, his 64-point plan amounted to a wholesale rollback of decades of environmental and product safety protections, including many measures that had no obvious benefit to Maine businesspeople, jobseekers, or the economy, and a few that were as likely as not to damage all three.
Wikileaks peak oil bombshell: Saudi Arabian reserves overstated by 40%
Climate Progress - 2/9/2011.
By Joe Romm – The US fears that Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude oil exporter, may not have enough reserves to prevent oil prices escalating, confidential cables from its embassy in Riyadh show. The cables, released by WikiLeaks, urge Washington to take seriously a warning from a senior Saudi government oil executive that the kingdom’s crude oil reserves may have been overstated by as much as 300bn barrels – nearly 40%.
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