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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
A Pitch to Obama on Food and Farming
The New York Times - 12/4/2008.
The fact that a Secretary of Agriculture has yet to be named has some chefs, farmers and animal welfare advocates wondering whether food and farming have been shoved to the Obama D team.
One in Three Toys on Shelf Found To Be Toxic
Treehugger - 12/4/2008.
According to a recent study released by researchers for the Michigan-based Ecology Center, one in three toys tested was found to contain toxic chemicals such as lead, flame retardants and arsenic.
5 myths on the dangers of dining
Bangor Daily News - 12/4/2008.
Is anything safe to eat anymore? It can be so hard to keep up in this world of endless food scares. One minute we’re alarmed by salmonella in jalapenos. Now it’s melamine in milk from China. What next?
Soil Not Oil: Why We Need to Kick Petroleum Out of Our Farms
Alternet - 12/3/2008.
Vandana Shiva explains how biodiverse farms offer us more food, better food, higher incomes for farmers and a defense from climate disasters. The industrialized, globalized food system is based on oil. It is under threat because of the inevitability of "peak oil." It is also under threat because it is more vulnerable than traditional agriculture to climate change, to which it has contributed. Industrial agriculture is based on monocultures.
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