"The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass."
- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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
Improvement of Maine food industry important to economic growth
The Maine Campus - 11/17/2013.
By Cameron Paquette - What drives Maine’s economy? Ever since its admittance into the United States in 1820, it’s mainly been timber from its 17.7 million acres of forests, and aquatic wildlife from its 71,379 square miles of combined freshwater and Gulf of Maine seawater. Paper and lobster could possibly be the two most important symbols of Maine’s principal income over the past 193 years of its existence.
Winslow High School grad shoots for Super Bowl ad
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 11/17/2013.
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling - Her egg business, Locally Laid, is one of four finalists in a competition that will send one deserving small business’s ad to the big game.
Women Lead the Way in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture
Truthout - 11/17/2013.
By Eleanor J. Bader - According to the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, the number of women-operated farms more than doubled in the 25 years between 1982 and 2007. In fact, female farmers now make up the fastest-growing sector of the country's changing agricultural landscape and nearly 1 million women - approximately one-third of total domestic farmers - list farming as their primary occupation. The National Women in Agriculture Association calls it "breaking the grass ceiling." It's that and more.
Apple growers may be getting eye in the sky
Portland Press Herald - 11/17/2013.
AP: Durham, N.H. - University of New Hampshire researchers are using a remote-controlled helicopter to help apple growers pinpoint problems and protect their orchards against blemishes that render the apples unmarketable.
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