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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
Monsanto's agrochemicals are poisoning Argentines, but Monsanto blames victims for misusing products
Treehugger - 10/25/2013.
By Chris Tackett - Michael Warren and Natacha Pisarenko from The Associated Press have a blockbuster piece of reporting on the dozens of ways Monsanto's chemical fertilizers and pesticides are poisoning the people of Argentina. Following that report, Monsanto responded by saying that their Roundup line of glyphosate-based weed-killers are safe, but did call for more controls on agrochemicals. This is the same tired response you hear from manufacturers of guns or tobacco or junk food.
Reports Peg Lingering Problems With Meat Production in the U.S.
Time Magazine - 10/25/2013.
By Brian Walsh - In 2008 a report from the Pew Commission laid out the many problems with factory farms in damning detail. Five years later, little has changed.
F.D.A. Bids to Regulate Animal Food, Acting After Recall and Deaths
The New York Times - 10/25/2013.
By Sabrina Tavernise - The Food and Drug Administration proposed rules on Friday that would govern the production of pet food and farm animal feed for the first time.
Common herbicide raises frogs' risk of fungal disease, study finds
Los Angeles Times - 10/25/2013.
By Louis Sahagun - Frogs exposed to the commonly used herbicide atrazine early in life are particularly susceptible to a skin fungus linked to vanishing amphibians around the world, according to a new University of South Florida study.
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