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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
Food fight: the Food Safety Modernization Act
Grist - 11/9/2010.
Although the Senate failed to pass the Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) before the election, word is that it will take it back up during the lame-duck session in November. We've invited 10 people from the various sides of this complicated yet crucial debate to discuss whether there is indeed a food-safety crisis, whether S. 510 will make it better, and whether it will throw small producers under the bus in doing so.
Food safety, FSMA: do we really have a food crisis
Grist - 11/9/2010.
Tom Philpott, Grist senior food writer: I'll kick things off. Absolutely. The crisis has three facets – each of which must be addressed if we want to quell the endless stream of spectacular outbreaks.
Chocolate: worth its weight in gold?
The Independent - 11/9/2010.
By Anthea Gerrie – Fancy a bit of chocolate? An afternoon Kit Kat with your cup of tea? A chunk of fruit and nut? Go on, you've earned it. Except that in the future, chocoholics might have to work quite a bit harder to pay for their fix.
Rooting for Celery Root
Zester Daily - 11/9/2010.
By Terra Brockman – As the winter holidays approach, big vegetables (and big meats) tend to take center stage. While the weighty winter squashes and bright sweet potatoes garner raves, the true culinary star, celery root, waits quietly in the wings for those sensitive to her considerable talents.
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