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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
More Helpful Fatty Acids Found in Organic Milk
The New York Times - 12/9/2013.
By Kenneth Chang - Whole milk from organic dairies contains far more of some of the fatty acids that contribute to a healthy heart than conventional milk, scientists are reporting.
Destructive winter moths back in Maine
Portland Press Herald - 12/9/2013.
By North Cain - Winter moths are back – and flying around in more places in Maine than before. While the moths are visible in early winter – hence, their name – their damage is done in the spring, when the eggs laid on the trunks of trees hatch. The larvae crawl up and burrow into both leaf and flower buds and feed on expanding buds and foliage on many trees and bushes, including oak, maple, apple, elm, ash, crabapple, cherry and blueberry.
An Organic Greenhouse Run by Farmers With Autism
The Atlantic - 12/9/2013.
By James Hamblin - Jan Pilarski, of South Bend, Indiana, started a prototype aquaponic greenhouse to employ her son Chris and others who are on the autism spectrum. After the success of that prototype, they turned to the Internet last week to help them fund a commercial-scale version of the project.
Wall Street Rewards Kroger’s Organic Moves
Prevention - 12/9/2013.
By Robyn O’Brien - Kroger’s Simple Truth and Simple Truth Organic brands generated fiscal 2012 sales that exceeded Kroger’s internal goal by 33%, Mr. McMullen. And it’s lifting the company’s earnings. The company expects its organic department to double in size in the next five years.
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