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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
Six bogus arguments used to trash local food
Alternet - 7/6/2012.
By Jill Richardson – A new book, The Locavore's Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000 Mile Diet by Pierre Desroches and Hiroku Shimizu, uses arguments from neoliberal economics to explain why those who advocate eating local food are wrong. But perhaps the models used in neoliberal economics do not accurately apply here. Here are six economic principles that do not fit when it comes to food and agriculture.
Northern Girl promotes using local produce at home and in mass market
Bangor Daily News - 7/6/2012.
By Kathryn Olmstead – I yell from my car window to the slim man shaking a rug outside the back door of an unlabeled, one-story building on the former Loring Air Force Base in Limestone: “Is this the old NCO Club?” “Hi Kathryn,” he responds, confirming I have found the home of Northern Girl LLC and am about to meet its general manager, Chris Hallweaver.
Weather forces farmers to replant
Kennebec Journal - 7/5/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Sidney: Diane Campbell never uses chemical fertilizer, but out of desperation, she sprinkled some on her pepper plants. Campbell, who runs Wolf Creek Farm in Sidney with her husband, Robert, said the recent hot, dry weather, followed by days of heavy rain, is taking its toll on crops.
Giant hogweed infestation in Bangor could spread to Kenduskeag stream, expert says
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2012.
By Dylan Martin – Bangor: If there was a Hulk version of Queen Anne’s lace, giant hogweed would be it. The invasive plant species can tower up to 14 feet tall with flower heads up to 1 foot wide, but it’s far more malevolent than its kin: The stem’s sap can cause serious burns on your skin and in some cases blindness.
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