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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
Improving food safety
Bangor Daily News - 8/15/2009.
Editorial – A bill passed by the House last week that requires more frequent inspection of food processing facilities and expands the government’s authority to mandate recalls is an important step forward. Ensuring the new regulations do not overly burden small farms, especially organic ones, remains a concern.
An ‘agri-intellectual’ talks back
Grist - 8/14/2009.
By Tom Philpott – A lot of folks have asked what I think of the essay “The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals,” by Missouri corn/soy farmer Blake Hurst, published in The American, the journal of the right-wing American Enterprise Institute. My first reaction is that I’m thrilled this debate is taking place.
A debate about soil, organics, and nutrition
Grist - 8/14/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Ezra Klein and I are engaged in a little debate over the value of organic food. I’m honestly a little surprised to be arguing with the Washington Post’s food-policy columnist about the desirability of removing toxic, ecologically damaging chemicals from food production.
Healthful food choices promoted by film, paper
Portland Press Herald - 8/13/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Madge Baker – Thank you very much for your lead editorial about "Filmmakers ask tough questions about 'Food, Inc.'" (Aug. 4) It deserves all the attention you ask people to give it, including policy makers and lawmakers.
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