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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
Frost hits Maine’s berry and apple crops
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: It’s a “nervous time” over at Albert Tate's third-generation strawberry farm in Corinth. Pockets of frost hit much of Maine on Monday night, and another frost was predicted for Tuesday night. With many berry bushes and fruit trees blooming two to three weeks earlier than usual this spring, a dangerous frost could easily wipe out a harvest.
Orono approves zoning for chickens
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2010.
By Jessica Bloch – It was egg-cellent news for certain residents. The Town Council voted Monday night to amend town ordinances to allow people who live in areas zoned for medium density residential uses to keep and raise up to six domesticated chickens, a move the council has said is in line with a public interest in locally grown food.
Book explores gardening from artists’ eyes
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2010.
By Ardeana Hamlin – “The Inspired Garden: 24 Artists Share Their Vision” is the writerly creation of authors Judy Paolini of Long Island, off Portland, and Nance Trueworthy of South Portland. In their book, they give readers a look at 20 private gardens belonging to artists, and write about the relationship between the artists and their gardens. Ten of those gardens are in Maine.
World governments fail to halt biodiversity loss
Reuters - 5/10/2010.
By Janet Lawrence – London: World governments have failed to meet a 2010 target to halt biodiversity loss and action must be taken to preserve the species and ecosystems upon which human life depends, a United Nations report said on Monday.
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