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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
Helping overcome the price barrier of organic foods
Portland Press Herald - 7/7/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – We hear it all the time: Eating organic local food is too expensive. For many people who feel this way, it's really a statement about priorities. Some of us just value things like smart phones, vacations, concert tickets or flat-screen TVs more than wholesome meals.
WIC’s potato ban is bad nutrition advice
Portland Press Herald - 7/7/2010.
Editorial – Pity the potato: Its undeserved reputation for making people fat has dropped it from the list of foods that people can take home with the federal government's help through the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.
Strawberry season winds down
Bangor Daily News - 7/7/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – When I was growing up, it seems we did two things with fresh strawberries. One was shortcake made with a biscuit-type round, split and, if you please, buttered.
Antibiotic idiocy
Bangor Daily News - 7/7/2010.
Editorial – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is getting serious about the threat routine use of antibiotics in livestock poses to human health. The seriousness includes asking farmers and the food industry to stop the practice voluntarily. Since it has been asking this for more than two decades, this hardly counts as a serious response to a real problem.
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