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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
Is this farmers market weathering market forces?
Portland Press Herald - 8/3/2012.
By Gillian Graham – South Portland: Despite the loss of two vendors because of low sales, farmers at the South Portland Farmers Market say they believe the market will continue to grow in its new location. The market, now in its second year, was moved to Hinckley Drive after vendors complained that the original location was too remote and wasn't easily accessible for the elderly because customers had to walk over cobblestones.
Maine groundfishermen face steep new limits, closures
Bangor Daily News - 8/3/2012.
By Richard Gaines, Gloucester Daily Times – The Northeast commercial groundfishery — drawing boats from ports from Maine and North Carolina — is facing an economic abyss in 2013, based on the first hard but unofficial calculations of catch limit cuts that loom beginning next May 1.
No drought aid for farmers, ranchers as Congress breaks for summer
CNN - 8/3/2012.
By Dana Bash, Ted Barrett and Alan Silverleib – Washington: Congress adjourned for the summer on Thursday without passing a relief package for farmers and ranchers suffering through the most widespread drought since the 1930s.
Smart egg carton redesign is made from single piece of cardboard
Treehugger - 8/3/2012.
By Kimberley Mok – Humble and rough-textured, egg cartons are one of those things in life that you usually don't question. Not so for Hungarian designer and graduate student Otília Andrea Erdélyi, who redesigned the egg container into something even more minimal, materially efficient but still visually appealing.
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