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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
2010 sees decrease in milk prices and farmers, but news isn’t all bad
Bangor Daily News - 12/2/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: “We are the only business where our product goes out of the yard and we have no idea what we are getting paid for it,” Ray Wright of The Wright Place dairy farm in Clinton said Wednesday.
Procedural problem threatens food safety bill
Bangor Daily News - 12/2/2010.
By Lyndsey Layton – Washington: A procedural problem is threatening to derail a landmark food safety measure passed by the Senate on Tuesday, sending congressional leaders scrambling to figure out a way to get the bill enacted into law by the end of the lame-duck session this month.
Judge orders genetically modified sugar beets pulled
Los Angeles Times - 12/1/2010.
By Marc Lifsher – In a decision believed to be the first of its kind in a case involving genetically engineered crops, a federal judge has ordered 256 acres of sugar beets pulled from the ground. The plants were to be used to produce genetically altered seeds for the 2012 sugar beet crop.
Winter markets are hot, hot, HOT
Portland Press Herald - 12/1/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – As folk music filled the cavernous room in the former textile mill on Saturday, a steady stream of shoppers stocked up on everything from parsnips and beets to mussels and goat cheese. Now entering its third season, the Brunswick Winter Market held in Fort Andross has proven that demand for local food doesn't abate in the colder months.
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