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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
Families join potato harvest at community-supported farm in Brunswick
Bangor Daily News - 9/6/2011.
By Christopher Cousins – Brunswick: Most parents try to regulate snacks for their children but when it comes to her family’s weekly haul from Crystal Spring Farm, Sarah Jacobs of Freeport sets no limits. Even when that means there is none for anyone else. “The peas never make it home,” said Jacobs of her 4- and 6-year-old boys. “They’ll just sit in the back seat and eat broccoli. I say if it’s from the farm bag, they can have all they want.”
Surprise! Americans are drinking a lot of soda
Grist - 9/6/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – On average, Americans now get nearly 10 percent of their calories from soda and other sugary beverages. This news comes from a new report released by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Teens and young adults (aged 12-40) drink more soda compared to younger and older people on average, as do the poor. The elderly and those with above-average incomes drink the least.
In the world’s breadbasket, climate change feeds worry
Reuters - 9/5/2011.
By Christine Stebbins – It can't happen here, can it? The United States, the breadbasket and supplier of last resort for a hungry world, has been such an amazing food producer in the last half-century that most Americans take for granted annual bounteous harvests of grain, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables and other crops.
Fair to join global rally
Kennebec Journal - 9/4/2011.
Unity – What better place to hold a rally for the planet than at a fair that celebrates rural living, organically grown Maine produce, sustainable living and common ground for community organizations? Common Ground Country Fair attendees Saturday, Sept. 24, are invited to be subjects in an aerial photograph designed to inspire the world to move beyond fossil fuels.
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