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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
Herbicide use planned against milfoil
Kennebec Journal - 9/8/2009.
By Craig Crosby – State officials are set to begin herbicide treatments in a Belgrade lake cove threatened by an aggressive milfoil. The state's Department of Environmental Protection last week notified residents in the area of Salmon Lake's Kozy Cove that the one-day chemical treatment has been scheduled for Thursday.
Good food from local vendors ‘tastes great’
Kennebec Journal - 9/8/2009.
Letter by Laurie Taylor – The other night, I looked at my dinner plate and realized almost every ingredient on it was from a local farm: Eggplant, beef, tomato, garlic, onion, parsley, chive, milk and egg. (I haven't found a local producer of olive oil and parmesan cheese yet.)
Insect repellent DEET is toxic to brain cells
Organic Consumers - 9/7/2009.
By S. L. Baker, Natural News – If you insist on using chemical laden insect repellents containing DEET, you may be getting more than you bargained for -- including damage to your central nervous system.
Mainers treasure blueberry recipes found in pamphlet
Bangor Daily News - 9/5/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – Barbara Barrett of Eastport wrote a couple weeks back, “I have lost a wonderful blueberry cake recipe that came from a pamphlet. …As it turned out, Barrett had lent the pamphlet to a neighbor who saw this column and remembered that she still had the brochure, which she gave back to Barrett right away. From all the information you sent, it appears that this recipe – and others – was published by the Maine Department of Agriculture in a pamphlet through a few editions.
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