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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
Bees dying by the millions
The Post [Ontario] - 6/19/2013.
By Jon Radojkovic - Local beekeepers are finding millions of their bees dead just after corn was planted here in the last few weeks. Dave Schuit, who has a honey operation in Elmwood, lost 600 hives, a total of 37 million bees.
From Aroostook to York, how small businesses are driving the rural economy
Bangor Daily News - 6/19/2013.
Op-Ed by Virginia Manuel - Northern Girl will support 12 farms; Tide Mill Farm is almost doubling its chicken production.
Visiting Triple Chick Farm and Surry Gardens in Maine
Martha Stewart - 6/19/2013.
By Martha Stewart - You may recall a recent blog posting about planting all the urns that adorn the terrace at Skylands, my home in Mt. Desert Island, Maine. In between planting, my traveling companions and I took a little jaunt to visit a few places in the area. One of my favorite farm stands is at Triple Chick Farm located in Town Hill, Maine. They grow the most amazing organic produce, along with flowers, herbs, fruits, and eggs.
25,000 bumblebees killed, dropping from trees in Wilsonville; pesticide suspected
The Oregonian - 6/19/2013.
By Elizabeth Case - An estimated 25,000 bumblebees have been found dead in a Target parking lot in Wilsonville since Saturday, the largest known incident of bumblebee deaths in the United States, according to the Xerces Society. Preliminary information suggests pesticides may be at fault. Initial findings indicate the trees were sprayed Saturday with a neonicotinoid insecticide called Safari. The bumblebee deaths marked an inauspicious start to National Pollinator Week, which runs through June 23.
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