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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
Strawberry surprise
Grist - 3/11/2009.
By Tom Philpott – Creepily red, hard as stones and about as flavorful, industrial strawberries rely on chemical fumigants to control pests. Now comes news that the industry's new favorite fumigant – sulfuryl fluoride – is a greenhouse gas 4,800 times more potent than carbon dioxide, according to a recent MIT study.
Speaker Pingree Introduces Bill Establishing Maine Farmland Fund and Bond Issue to Support Maine’s Traditional Industries
Press Release - 3/11/2009.
Effort would support waterfront and farmland preservation, make donating easements easier for families, and aid Maine-based food processing centers.
Insect Fumigant Identified As Potent Greenhouse Gas
Environmental News Service - 3/11/2009.
Sulfuryl fluoride, a gas used for insect control, has the potential to contribute to future global warming at more than 4,800 times the potency of the better known greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, an international team of researchers said today.
Pesticides and perceptions
Bangor Daily News - 3/11/2009.
Editorial – A change in attitude, not state law, is needed to ensure that the Board of Pesticides Control fulfills its obligations.
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