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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
Wolfe’s Neck losing its famed beef herd
Portland Press Herald - 7/15/2009.
By John Richardson – Wolfe's Neck Farm in Freeport, which pioneered organic beef farming in Maine, is losing its cattle herd and looking for a new farming operation. The company that is currently raising beef cattle there, Pineland Farms Natural Meats, plans to remove the livestock by September, its president confirmed Tuesday. Erick Jensen said the operation was no longer economical, in part because of the measures that would be needed to keep manure from washing away and contaminating nearby clam flats.
Combined heat & power greenhouse
Treehugger - 7/15/2009.
By John Laumer – How many tomatoes can a power plant grow, if a power plant could grow plants? Great Northern Hydroponics, has installed a GE Energy designed, 12-megawatt commercial power plant at a 55-acre tomato greenhouse complex in Kingsville, Ontario. It's a combined heat and power (CHP) project that runs the greenhouse, sending surplus power to the Ontario grid. Waste heat from the generators keeps the tomatoes warm, and C02, pulled from a treated exhaust gas stream, feeds them.
Greens: making the bitter sweet
Portland Press Herald - 7/15/2009.
By Anne Mahle – Now that the farmers' markets are in full bloom – our eyes drinking in the colorful panorama of fruits and vegetables, all nourishment for body and soul – it's nice to know that choosing fresh and local is easily within reach.
Maine bounty
Bangor Daily News - 7/15/2009.
By Emily Burnham – Reinventing Broccoli: If you’ve been visiting your local farmers market regularly, you’ve noticed an abundance of broccoli this year. Long the bane of the typical 6-year-old, as well as of former President George H.W. Bush, broccoli gets a bad rap.
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