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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
Getting to root of farming issues
Maine Sunday Telegram - 3/24/2013.
By Amy Calder - A Winslow committee is reaching out to farmers and landowners to learn how the town is doing.
Mediterranean Spinach Salad with Sumac-Lemon Vinaigrette
Maine Food & Lifestyle - 3/24/2013.
Plating Up - A healthy and delicious salad for a Meatless Monday meal, or for any time else. And if you haven’t been introduced to Sumac previously, this salad is a perfect opportunity to discover it.
Mainers go with syrup's flow
Portland Press Herald - 3/24/2013.
By Beth Quimby - Newfield: It was total gridlock Sunday morning on Elm Street, a normally quiet back road in this small town at the northern tip of York County. Hundreds of people were descending on Hilltop Boilers to celebrate the 30th annual Maine Maple Sunday and by 10 a.m. it was almost impossible to get through.
Maple syrup could sustain Maine's sugar needs, producers say
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 3/24/2013.
By Matt Hongoltz - Maine has the natural resources necessary to produce all of its own sugar, but the state's maple sugar industry is a long way from making that a reality, producers said on the 30th annual Maple Syrup Sunday.
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