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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
Our co-owned future
Yes! - 3/2/2012.
By Gar Alperovitz – The explosive force of Occupy Wall Street – and more than a thousand other local efforts—offers hope that a movement committed to long-term change might one day achieve a fundamental transformation of the American political-economic system. Quietly, a different kind of progressive change is emerging, one that involves a transformation in institutional structures and power, a process one could call “evolutionary reconstruction.”
Maine gardeners, growers asked to help feed the hungry
Bangor Daily News - 3/2/2012.
By Kathryn Olmstead – Maine is the most food-insecure state in New England – ninth in the nation. That means one in five children under the age of 16 in this state lives in a household uncertain of having, or unable to acquire, enough nutritious food for all its members.
Small farmers create jobs. Here’s why
Treehugger - 3/2/2012.
By Sami Grover – Yesterday I referenced the incredible job creating potential of local foods, using it as a starting point to rant against the nonsense accusations of elitism that are often leveled at the locavore foodie crowd. Those musings went off on some tangents, covering everything from anti-Volt distortions to the tax dodging, job killing mischief of the true elite. But that opening observation is worth a post in itself – because investing in local food really does create an awful lot of jobs.
$5 gas = long, hot, crazy summer
Post Carbon Institute - 3/1/2012.
By Richard Heinberg – Here in northern California gasoline is now retailing for $4.20 a gallon. Prices haven’t been this high since mid-2008. Forecasts for $5 per gallon gas in the US this summer are now commonplace. What’s driving prices up?
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