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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
Have we learned nothing since “Silent Spring”?
The Independent - 1/7/2011.
By Michael McCarthy – Nicotine, found in tobacco, is a deadly substance – and not only for smokers. It has long been known as a powerful natural insecticide, and its presence in the tobacco crop has evolved to deter pests; it is toxic to virtually all of them.
Germany dioxins: Officials probe 'illegal activity'
BBC News - 1/7/2011.
German officials are investigating possible "illegal activity" after a company allegedly supplied 25 animal feed makers with 3,000 tonnes of contaminated fatty acids. Tests from the Harles und Jentzsch plant in Schleswig Holstein found excessive levels of the poisonous chemical dioxin, officials said. Some 4,700 German farms have been shut. Officials say the dioxin levels pose no risk to humans, but contamination fears have spread across Europe.
House GOP drops word ‘organic’ from committee charged with oversight
Grist - 1/7/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – Want some good news about the GOP's takeover of the House? Look elsewhere. Want some more bad news? You're in the right place. Food blog La Vida Locavore discovered something that indicates the new Republican majority on the House Agriculture Committee intends to massively de-emphasize organic agriculture.
License requirements muddle effort to sell local foodstuffs
Kennebec Journal - 1/5/2011.
By George Smith – A lot of food criminals live in Maine. Did you bake bread or pastries for your church Christmas fair? Sell your pickles at the community craft fair? Offer your jams and jellies at the school fundraiser? Law breakers, every one of you!
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