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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
1033 acres of Bradford farmland saved for new generation of farming
Bangor Daily News - 12/3/2011.
By Nick McCrea – Bradford: After 47 years running a farming and dairy operation in town, Adrian Pray was ready to retire. But first, he had to find a new owner for some of his 2,300 acres of farmland spread across Bradford, Hudson and Charleston. He didn’t want to see the fields broken into parcels for homes, trailer parks or businesses, he said, but wanted pieces of Maine’s farming industries to continue to thrive on his land.
Tips on planning your first vegetable garden
Bangor Daily News - 12/3/2011.
By Reeser Manley – For gardeners throughout Maine, the long wait begins. Garden tools lean against the basement wall as seed catalogs pile up on the writing table. Thoughts turn to the year ahead and, for some, to starting their first vegetable garden.
Panel of scientists back dismal cod assessment
Portland Press Herald - 12/2/2011.
Boston – Scientists have backed a dismal health assessment of Gulf of Maine cod that could have a devastating impact on the local fishing industry. A peer review panel at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Center in Woods Hole upheld an initial finding that even if all fishing on Gulf of Maine cod ended, the species was overfished and can't rebuild by a 2014 federal deadline.
Artisanal wheat on the rise
Smithsonian Magazine - 12/1/2011.
By Jerry Adler – Under the warm August sun, the wiry, lushly bearded farmer moves at a slow walk through the field, swinging his scythe in a steady rhythm, the tawny stalks of wheat falling to one side in neat rows.
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