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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
School lunch reform creeps toward package
Grist - 8/5/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The school lunch bill leaped up from its hospital bed (it's in critical condition, remember!) and did a little jig today. What broke its fever? In a pig-flying moment of bipartisan comity, the Childhood Nutrition Act, aka the "Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act" passed the Senate by unanimous consent this afternoon.
Fructose can accelerate growth of cancer cells
Treehugger - 8/5/2010.
By Kimberley Mok – As if the annoying, misleading ads from the makers of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) weren't enough food for thought already, CBS News reports that researchers from UCLA have found that fructose – which is a component of HFCS (a suspected culprit in America's obesity epidemic) – could accelerate the growth of cancerous cells. The study discovered that pancreatic cancer cells grew faster when they were given fructose, leading scientists to surmise that it's likely that fructose could also cause other cancers to grow faster as well.
Augusta to resume some herbicide spraying
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2010.
By Keith Edwards – Augusta: The city is about to restart limited herbicide spraying despite some residents' concerns the chemicals could harm people.
Lobsters feed revival Down East
Kennebec Journal - 8/5/2010.
By Clark Canfield – Portland: The nation’s last full-time sardine cannery is being given a second life four months after it closed with a company agreeing to buy it and operate it as a lobster-processing facility. Bumble Bee Foods LLC announced Wednesday it had agreed to sell the former Stinson Seafood plant in Prospect Harbor to Massachusetts-based Live Lobster Co. Inc.
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