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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
Way to grow
Maine Sunday Telegram - 6/7/2009.
By Ray Routhier – LEBANON – Ten-year-old Lindsey Glidden bent over the raised-bed vegetable garden she had carefully planted outside her home in early May, and began asking questions. "Can I pick the lettuce yet?" she asked, gazing at four curly-leafed plants glimmering in the sun. "What about the onions? Do I have to wait all year for them?" She didn't have to wait long for answers. "Sure, you can pull a lettuce leaf off right here. But don't pull too hard – you don't want to get the roots," said Joan Shaw of North Berwick, who is volunteering to help Lindsey tend her garden.
California’s water woes threaten the entire country’s food supply
Alternet - 6/6/2009.
By Scott Thill – What a difference an administration makes. Samuel Bodman, the previous secretary of energy under the Bush administration, spent his short term stumping for nuclear power plant construction, polluting the hell out of the Earth, profiting off global warming and trying to significantly downplay America's singular role in greenhouse-gas emissions. The new one? Well, he's a doom prophet with a Ph.D.
Maine graduates leave college, head to the farm
Kennebec Journal - 6/6/2009.
Editorial – For the parents of some college graduates, the idea that their kid would take their diploma – and the thousands of dollars it represents – and turn it into a low-wage job is a little dismaying.
Would you like some GMOs in your coffee?
Grist - 6/5/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – Jill Richardson made a good catch on the GMO crop front the other day. She dug up an article from a Boulder, CO newspaper that detailed the debate over local sugarbeet farmers’ request to plant GM seeds within the city limits. The farmers claim that without GM sugar beets, they’ll be unable to meet their Western Sugar Cooperative quota.
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