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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
Maine bureau can fill crack in federal chemical policy on BPA
Kennebec Journal - 9/13/2010.
Op-ed by Hannah M. Pingree – Many of the 1.5 million people who were diagnosed with cancer last year would probably say they did everything right – they never smoked, they ate well and they exercised. With some forms of cancers on the rise, especially among children, even as our awareness of healthy lifestyle choices improves, we need to ask ourselves a tough question: What are the hidden causes of illness that we have ignored?
Grant puts produce on table for students
Portland Press Herald - 9/13/2010.
By Scott Monroe – Pittsfield: It's just after 8 a.m. at Warsaw Middle School as teacher Richard Woodbury shuffles around the classroom, holding out a tray filled with cups of red cherry tomatoes. That was Wednesday, one of two days each week when a new program exposes students to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Industry has sway over food safety system: study
Reuters - 9/13/2010.
By Christopher Doering – The food industry is jeopardizing U.S. public health by withholding information from food safety investigators or pressuring regulators to withdraw or alter policy designed to protect consumers, said a survey of government scientists and inspectors.
The good food evolution
Common Dreams - 9/13/2010.
By Grace Lee Boggs – Most Americans still believe we have no alternative to the food produced by agribusinesses who care as little about our health as they do about the health of the chickens, turkeys, cows and pigs, so tightly packed in pens and cages on factory farms that the floor is scarcely visible, and where visible, is covered with excrement. Fortunately, another healthier agriculture has been emerging in the last few decades.
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