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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
Eating down the food chain
Grist - 3/16/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton – Most of us now know that our oceans suffer from the results of overfishing, and many of the species that remain are under increased pressure from global fisheries. As founder of the Monterey Fish Market and adviser to the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program, Paul Johnson is concerned with the status of Pacific forage fish like herring and sardines.
The story of the commons: an interview with Annie Leonard
On the Commons - 3/16/2012.
By Jay Walljasper – Annie Leonard is one of the most articulate, effective champions of the commons today. Her webfilm The Story of Stuff has been seen more than 15 million times by viewers. She also adapted it into a book.
Up to 50% of the world’s food is thrown away
Daily Mail [UK] - 3/16/2012.
An estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten and ends up in landfill. Experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit unveiled the shocking findings about the world's waste in Chicago this week.
We’re each carrying our own special concoction of internal toxins
Kennebec Journal - 3/16/2012.
Op-ed by Denis Thoet – Dinosaurs: small brains, big bodies. Extinct. Humans: Large brains, small bodies. Not extinct. Not yet, anyway. Our large brains, however, have created a world bathed in chemicals, engineered foods, plastic environments with poisons that surround us and invade all parts of the natural world – and our own bodies.
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