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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
Real cost of low-price meat can’t be found in the food bill
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/3/2010.
By Monica Eng (Chicago Tribune) – If you adjust for inflation and income, Americans have never spent less on food than they have in recent years. And yet many feel we've also never paid such a high price when it comes to factors other than dollars. U.S. Department of Agriculture figures show the average American spent just 9.5 percent of his or her disposable income on food last year, a lower percentage than any country in the world.
Shred your leaves for the garden or the lawn
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/3/2010.
By Tom Atwell – What are you going to do with all of those leaves? Before September was out of its teens, I was already raking up acorns, being afraid that people would slip on them and file a lawsuit. It makes me think the trees are going to produce a lot of leaves this year.
Someone’s in the kitchen with Marjorie
Maine Sunday Telegram - 10/3/2010.
By Meredith Goad – For 25 years, Marjorie Standish wrote a food column for this newspaper called "Cooking Down East." Three hundred and fifty of her classic Maine recipes were compiled in book form in 1969, and "Cooking Down East" soon became the state's best-selling cookbook. Over the years, Standish's fans – and they are legion – have bought more than 100,000 copies.
Common Ground Fair this year ‘absolutely intense and enjoyable’
Kennebec Journal - 10/1/2010.
By Dennis Thoet – A farmer goes to the Common Ground Fair… Not that unusual, but our Sunday at the Fair was absolutely intense and enjoyable. First event: The MOFGA 5K Road Race, which starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.
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