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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
EPA considers banning gender-bending herbicide atrazine
Treehugger - 6/8/2012.
Melissa Breyer – Environmental groups have been calling for a federal ban on the use and production of Atrazine, and the EPA is now poised to listen. The deleterious chemical has been banned in the European Union since 2004. Yet 80 million pounds of it are applied in the United States annually on corn, sugarcane, rice, sorghum and on golf courses and lawns.
Honeybee decline linked to killer virus
The Guardian [UK] - 6/8/2012.
By Damian Carrington – The deadly link between the worldwide collapse of honeybee colonies and a bloodsucking parasite has been revealed by scientists. They have discovered that the mite has massively and permanently increased the global prevalence of a fatal bee virus.
Monsanto vs. Nature: the weeds fight back
Alternet - 6/7/2012.
By Jim Hightower – Rather than find ways to cooperate with the natural world, America's agribusiness giants reach for the next quick fix in a futile effort to overpower nature. Their attitude is that if brute force isn't working, they're probably not using enough of it.
Ignore shocking decline of farm birds at our peril
The Guardian [UK] - 6/6/2012.
By Richard D. Gregory – It may or may not come as a surprise that some European bird populations are in precipitous decline, but what is more surprising and shocking is the emerging scale of the losses, and that they are occurring under our noses.
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