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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
And now organic food is healthier: French study against UK’s
GreenPlanet.net - 9/15/2009.
The French food agency AFSSA challenges UK's FSA, concluding in a new study that organic fruit and vegetable have higher nutritional benefits than conventional food.
USDA’s $65 million drop in the bucket
Grist - 9/15/2009.
By Tom Philpott – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is so fired up about local food economies that it’s coughing up $65 million for a new program called “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food.” My first reaction: $65 million?! That’s all?!
Mainer writes book on edible mushrooms
Kennebec Journal - 9/14/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Washington, Maine: David Spahr stooped near a tiny pine tree and brushed aside its delicate boughs. Hidden underneath was a patch of yellow trumpet-shaped chanterelle mushrooms. Spahr's knowledge of edible mushrooms, where to find them and what to avoid recently become a book, "Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms of New England and Eastern Canada."
Wine, spirit makers say Maine brand a plus
Bangor Daily News - 9/14/2009.
By Walter Griffin – Camden: Maine wine and spirit makers face an uphill battle to win market share, but they are welcoming the challenge. C.C. Peet of Cellardoor Winery in Lincolnville, Steve Linne of Blacksmiths Winery in South Casco, Bob Bartlett of Bartlett’s Winery in Gouldsboro and Bob Harkins of Cold River Vodka in Freeport detailed the challenges of the wine and spirit business during a panel discussion Saturday at the fourth annual Maine Fare celebration.
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