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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
USDA Celebrates National Farm to School Month
USDA - 10/22/2013.
Based on self-reporting from U.S. school districts, 43 percent are engaged in farm-to-school activities, cycling about $354,599,266 (about 14 percent of their food budgets) into local foods, and 13 percent had edible school gardens. Maine schools reporting said they spent 5 percent of their food budget locally, and 42 percent of districts had edible school gardens.
Analysis of Impact of Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production Finds Administration and Congress Have Exacerbated Problems in the Food System
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health - 10/22/2013.
Five years after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (PCIFAP) released its landmark recommendations to remedy the public health, environment, animal welfare and rural community problems caused by industrial food animal production, a new analysis by Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future (CLF) finds that the Administration and Congress have acted “regressively” in policymaking on industrial food animal system issues.
Busting the 'Organic Is Expensive' Myth
Sustainable Business - 10/22/2013.
By Charlotte Vallaeys - "Organic food is too expensive." It's a complaint we, as organic farmers and advocates, hear all too often. And we've practiced and often repeated our defense of organic food's higher price tag: it's worth every extra penny in terms of a long-term investment in our health and in protecting the environment. When people complain of the high price of organic foods, farmer Joel Salatin likes to respond: "Have you priced cancer lately?"
Global Organic Food & Beverage Market Is Expected to Reach USD 187.85 Billion by 2019: Transparency Market Research
Digital Journal - 10/22/2013.
By PR Newswire - Transparency Market Research has launched a new market report titled "Organic Food & Organic Beverages Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2013 - 2019". According to the report, the demand for organic food & beverages was valued at USD 70.70 billion in 2012 is expected to reach USD 187.85 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 15.5% from 2013 to 2019.
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