"The history of every Nation is eventually written in the way in which it cares for its soil."
- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.

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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
And The Winner Of The World Food Prize Is ... The Man From Monsanto
National Public Radio - 6/19/2013.
By Dan Charles - Ever heard of the World Food Prize? Prize winners tend to be agricultural insiders, and many are scientists. This year the prize will go to three scientists who played prominent roles in creating genetically engineered crops.
The strawberry edition
Portland Press Herald - 6/19/2013.
By Meredith Goad - Red, ripe and just about ready for picking, Maine berries bring their sweet something to food and drink.
Blue Hill raw milk seller ordered to pay $1,000 in fines, court fees
Bangor Daily News - 6/18/2013.
By Mario Moretto - Blue Hill dairy farmer Dan Brown has been ordered to pay $1,000 in fines and court fees for illegally selling unlabeled, unlicensed raw milk from his roadside farm stand.
Maine leaders try and fail to dilute recycling's success
Portland Press Herald - 6/18/2013.
By Colin Woodard - 'Product stewardship' regulations – even those with industry and bipartisan support – meet staunch resistance from, among others, a commissioner with former ties to corporate interests.
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