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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
Great taste isn’t enough
Cognoscenti, WBUR - 8/2/2012.
By Kathy Gunst – Several months ago, in an interview with The New York Times, master chef Thomas Keller took a disappointing stance. “With the relatively small number of people I feed, is it really my responsibility to worry about carbon footprint? I think about quality, not geography.” Above all other considerations like sustainability, seasonality and food miles, his priority, he said, is taste.
GMO crops so tough that farmers are turning to Kevlar tires
Autoblog - 8/2/2012.
By Chris Tutor – Farming is one of the most difficult ways to earn a living. You'd think that with all the innovations mankind has developed over the centuries, we could make farmers' lives easier. But as it turns out, sometimes miracles of modern science make things tougher. Take genetically modified organisms (GMO) for instance. As it turns out, corn modified to stand tall and tough against pests is also wreaking havoc on tractor tires.
Region’s big storms likely to intensify, study finds
Portland Press Herald - 8/1/2012.
By North Cairn – Portland: It might come as no surprise in Brownville, but heavy rain and snowstorms have been getting worse in Maine for years. For more than 60 years, actually.
Don’t miss peak produce at the farmers’ market
Portland Press Herald - 8/1/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Here at the height of the summer, Maine's farmers markets present a rainbow of the freshest, tastiest fruits and vegetables. This was the view of one of the stands at the Portland Farmers Market this morning.
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