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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
Insect experts issue ‘urgent’ warning on using biotech seeds
National Public Radio - 3/11/2012.
By Dan Charles – Last year, we reported that a major insect pest, the corn rootworm, had "found a chink in the armor" of genetically engineered crops. Now, 22 of the nation's top experts on corn pests lay out some of the implications of this discovery, and they are potentially profound.
10 meals worth the mileage
The Boston Globe - 3/11/2012.
By Jonathan Levitt – Chase’s Daily in Belfast is not the only restaurant in the state serving destination-worthy food in winter and early spring. There are bright spots up and down the coast. Here are 10 dishes worth a drive.
Rising fuel prices savaging farms now but could help in long run
Bangor Daily News - 3/10/2012.
By Christopher Cousins – Topsham: In most ways, farming is about cycles, such as planting, growing and harvesting year after year. For Topsham beef and dairy farmer Bob Bisson, whose family has operated the farm for four generations, there is another kind of cycle that’s less predictable – spikes in energy costs.
Teen driving/Monsanto lawsuit
Maine Public Broadcasting - 3/8/2012.
Online Video: Jim Gerritsen is a farmer who brought the lawsuit against Monsanto. Gerritsen is a potato farmer in Aroostook county. He is also head of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGTA).
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