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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
Go ahead, make a change
Portland Press Herald - 1/4/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Eating better has long been a top New Year’s resolution. No surprise, given that the turn of the calendar follows weeks of consuming too much holiday ham, buttered rolls and cream pie – a perfect recipe for feeling bloated, groggy and ready for change.
Maybe old tractors do die
Energy Bulletin - 1/4/2012.
By Gene Logsdon – After the conversations we had here recently about old tractors, I began to hear about a problem that really does affect their longevity. Ethanol in gasoline is not the wonder fuel it has been made out to be. It is causing problems when used in off-road vehicles – lawn motors, chain saws, boat motors, four wheelers, not to mention old tractors.
Monsanto lawsuit moves to pre-trial oral arguments
Portland Press Herald - 1/4/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – A judge has ordered pre-trial oral arguments in a case pitting organic farmers against agribusiness giant Monsanto. Headed by Maine potato farmer Jim Gerritsen, the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association, with legal backing from the Public Patent Foundation, filed a lawsuit in March 2011 questioning the validity of Monsanto's patents on genetically modified seeds.
Farmer Brown comes to town
Village Soup - 1/4/2012.
By Jeff Walls – An organic windfall now provides free hot soup for all those willing to make the journey to the Catholic church in Bar Harbor on Thursdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Otter Creek gleaner Chris Brown serves several hearty concoctions to the masses, feeding the body while educating people on the finer points of gleaning, or “organic recycling.”
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