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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
How local can you grow?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/2/2009.
By Ray Routhier – Beth Richardson started with a small vegetable garden, and quickly found she really liked the idea of growing some of her family's food. As her children grew and used the backyard less over the years, she decided to branch into other kinds of food producing, such as growing fruit trees, raising chickens and keeping bees for honey. She took classes from the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, read books and asked local farmers questions. Today, Richardson's pantry is filled with jams, preserves, potatoes, eggs, beans, honey and lots of other food she produced with her own hands, on her own soil. On Saturday, she'll open her backyard to people who want to see how she does it.
Friend in knead: a friend indeed
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2009.
By Doug Harlow – Skowhegan: Scott Barden and his wife, Cate Conway, of Maine Wood Heat Co. in Norridgewock, already had cranked up their wood-fired oven, baking pita bread Saturday, when they got a visit from Michael Scholz of Albion. Scholz, a baker, wheat grower and partner in the Somerset Grist Mill at the former Somerset County jail, had just what the bakers needed – locally grown wheat that could be milled into flour right there.
In a cramped garage in Maine, they’re making a better butter
The Boston Globe - 8/2/2009.
By Jenn Abelson – When most of his neighbors are asleep, Dan Patry shuffles into his garage at 1 a.m., wearing a hair net and elbow-length rubber gloves, navigating through a maze of stainless pipes, tanks, and trays. Where most people keep their cars, Patry churns out some of the world’s best butter, and he has the award to prove it. Patry’s brand, Kate’s Homemade Butter, took top prize last fall at the World Dairy Expo - the Oscars of the dairy industry.
Out of the kitchen, onto the couch
The New York Times - 8/2/2009.
By Michael Pollan – I was only 8 when “The French Chef” first appeared on American television in 1963, but it didn’t take long for me to realize that this Julia Child had improved the quality of life around our house.
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