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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
Veggie garden coming to White House lawn
Treehugger - 3/18/2009.
By George Spyros– Food writer Eddie Gehman Kohan has the scoop (or shall we say shovel) on the April issue of Oprah's Magazine interview featuring a cover-story interview with Michelle Obama revealing the exciting plans for a White House vegetable garden. But will this newest shovel-ready project from the Obama administration be an organic undertaking?
An anti-drug campaign that makes sense
Grist - 3/18/2009.
By Tom Philpott – As debate around food safety regulation heats up – some might say, overheats – sublimely named Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) has introduced a House bill that would significantly affect farming practices in the United States. Called the Preservation of Antibiotics for Human Treatment Act, the bill would effectively prevent CAFOs (confined animal feedlot operations) from dousing their animals with antibiotics as a matter of course.
Partnership between farmers, consumers growing
Bangor Daily News - 3/17/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Maine farmers are finding CSAs to be a win-win situation: Early in the spring, consumers purchase shares in a farm’s harvest-to-be, providing much-needed cash when the farmer’s pocketbook is leanest. In exchange, consumers get fresh produce, meats, milk and many other products throughout the season.
More farmers, less market
Grist - 3/17/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – The fact is that if we want farmers markets to accomplish particular policy ends – whether it's to bring affordable fresh fruit and vegetables to cities or to provide dedicated outlets for small, local farms to sell their wares or both – government has to be involved.
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