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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
Syrup makers hope gadget can extend season
Portland Press Herald - 3/7/2011.
Huntington, Vt. – Last year, when the sap stopped running from some of Bruce Curavoo's maple trees, it kept running in others. He got enough to make about 300 more gallons of syrup from his crop. His secret: a tiny adaptor that, when plugged into tap holes, helps reduce the amount of sap flowing back into trees from the vacuum tubing used to carry it to sugarhouses for boiling into maple syrup.
New generation of farmers emerges in Oregon
The New York Times - 3/6/2011.
By Isolde Raftery – Corvallis, Ore.: For years, Tyler Jones, a livestock farmer here, avoided telling his grandfather how disillusioned he had become with industrial farming. After all, his grandfather had worked closely with Earl L. Butz, the former federal secretary of agriculture who was known for saying, “Get big or get out.”
No quick meals, but time saved by not having to shop for food
Kennebec Journal - 3/4/2011.
By Denis Thoet – Farming is about food, and food is about eating, so what do farmers eat? Speaking only for myself, and possibly for Michele, we eat year-round mostly things that we grow or get locally. That gets a little tricky this time of year, which is the time of the "starvation moon" according to Native American science.
Benefits of rules still exceed costs across government – OMB report
Environment & Energy Publishing - 3/4/2011.
Gabriel Nelson, E&E reporter. The benefits of federal regulations, including new rules issued last year by the Obama administration, have continued to outstrip the costs, according to a new analysis <http://www.eenews.net/assets/2011/03/04/document_pm_01.pdf> by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
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