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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
UN panel aims for a ‘future worth choosing’
BBC News - 1/30/2012.
By Richard Black – Growing inequality, environmental decline and "teetering" economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a UN report concludes. Health and education must improve, it says. Subsidies on fossil fuels should end, and governments must look beyond the standard economic indicator of GDP.
A new use for hay
Kennebec Journal - 1/30/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Vassolboro: Peter Bragdon proudly showed off his prototype "hay log" at the kitchen table. Bragdon, who has been haying for 30 years on his 170-acre farm, said his hay log – a solid fuel that can be burned in place of wood in furnaces, stoves, fire pits, chimeras and camp fires – is good news for farmers.
Pesticides blames for bee decline
The Independent - 1/30/2012.
By Nathan Owen – Compelling new evidence from the US government's top bee expert that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned.
Do I dare to plant a peach?
Maine Sunday Telegram - 1/29/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Terry Skillin, president and owner of Skillins Greenhouses in Brunswick, Cumberland and Falmouth, has begun to notice that local gardeners are having greater success growing varieties of produce that flourish in the South, such as tomatoes, peppers and melons.
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