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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
Meet your greens, part 3
Ethicurean - 10/4/2009.
By Elanor – This is the third in a series about the USDA hearings on an industry proposal for a food-safety marketing agreement for leafy green vegetables. My first post describes what marketing agreements are and do; my second covers the first day of testimony, which was dominated by industry supporters of the agreement.
Organic Nation TV finishes East Coast tour
Treehugger - 10/4/2009.
By Sara Novak – Organic Nation TV host Dorothee Royal-Hedinger and camera man Mark Andrew Boyer have been traveling the country visiting sustainable farmers and providers, and getting a sense of the "sustainable food landscape." Organic Nation TV just completed their east coast tour. The tour started in New York City and went to Darien, Conn.; New Haven, Conn.; Boston, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Unity, Maine; Burlington, Vt; and Waitsfield, Vt, to name a few.
Triple D Acres farm of the year
Kennebec Journal - 10/4/2009.
By Betty Jespersen – New Sharon: Dairy farmer John Donald has a few common sense words of advice that he's followed over the years: Keep your milk cold, your water hot and stay out of debt. The simple principles have helped John and Marcia Donald successfully produce high-quality organic milk from healthy, contented cows on their farm on Weeks Mills Road.
In vodka, taste of Maine
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/4/2009.
By Ann S. Kim – Freeport: When Chris Dowe looks at the three one-ton bags of potatoes in the distillery, he sees vodka in the raw. The characteristics of the potatoes remain key as they are cooked into a soup that is fermented into wine and triple-distilled. Even after the alcohol is mixed with water, Dowe can trace the vodka's origins back to the potatoes. "Ours comes out very smooth," said Dowe, managing partner and head distiller at Maine Distilleries. "The flavor is very distinctive. This is more a traditional vodka."
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