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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
Report: Ecosystems in Upheaval, Biodiversity in Collapse
Common Dreams - 12/20/2012.
By Andrea Germanos – A new report documents how climate change is already causing rapid, massive changes with "cascading effects" on ecosystems and biodiversity. The report, led by the US Geological Survey, the National Wildlife Federation and Arizona State University, foresees a global loss of biodiversity and major shifts in ecosystems.
Persistent pollutants slow the time to pregnancy in couples
Environmental Health News - 12/20/2012.
By Jennifer Wolstenholme and Wendy Hessler – A study of 501 couples in Michigan and Texas who were trying to conceive found that higher exposure to various persistent pollutants was associated with a longer time to get pregnant. The pollutants studied included PCBs, perfluorinated compounds and organochlorine pesticides. The study found that men's chemical exposures are as important – if not stronger – than women's in determining fertility issues.
Organic vs Conventional Eating
Infographic - 12/20/2012.
Thinking about the types of food you consume can make huge difference in your health and lifestyle. Organic food is not only more nutritious but it can actually save you money in the long run, when you factor in healthcare cost over the years.
Local Fisheries Champion Fights for Value-Based Policy
On the Commons - 12/20/2012.
By Jessica Conrad - Based in Gloucester, Mass., the oldest settled fishing port in the U.S., local fisheries champion Niaz Dorry finds herself in a hotbed of resource management issues: while she and a growing community of fishermen consider themselves stewards - versus ”owners” - of the ocean commons, others promote privatization policies in the name of conservation.
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