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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
Chebeague explores economics of farming
The Working Waterfront - 8/6/2010.
By Anna Maine – If you haven't visited Chebeague in the last 10 years, you might not recognize certain parts of the Island. Near the school's baseball field are the newly-built raised beds for the students' garden, crowded with ripening tomatoes, carrots and beets. At the crest of tree-lined Roy Hill Road sits a wooden farm stand, its shelves waiting for the coming crops of potatoes, beans, squash and corn-all grown at nearby Second Wind Farm.
When agrochemical corporations invented nature
Common Dreams - 8/6/2010.
By Julio Godoy – Berlin: A civil society protest against a British agrochemical company that claims it has invented a particular sort of broccoli has again focused attention on the question who owns natural biodiversity, especially vegetables, seeds, and many forms of meat and animal food products.
US Trade Representatives gets taste of blueberry, stresses exports
Bangor Daily News - 8/6/2010.
By Nok-Noi Ricker – Orland: U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk got a taste of Maine – in the form of a fresh wild blueberry pie – when he visited the G.M. Allen and Son blueberry farm and processing center Thursday morning. “It was spectacular,” he said. “It was the best blueberry pie I’ve ever had.”
Genetically modified crop on the loose and evolving in US Midwest
Scientific American - 8/6/2010.
By David Biello – Outside a grocery store in Langdon, N.D., two ecologists spotted a yellow canola plant growing on the margins of a parking lot this summer. They plucked it, ground it up and, using a chemical stick similar to those in home pregnancy kits, identified proteins that were made by artificially introduced genes. The plant was GM – genetically modified.
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