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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
Scotts tests genetically modified grass seed at homes
The Columbus Dispatch - 1/31/2014.
By Mary Vanac - After nearly two decades of research and some controversy, Scotts Miracle-Gro in Marysville is preparing to test a genetically modified grass seed in the family lawns of a small number of employees this growing season.
Agriculture committee tables bill to fund Maine food hubs
Kennebec Journal - 1/30/2014.
Associated Press - The goal of the bill is provide more local foods to Maine schools by creating a $6 million bond issue and providing grants that would allow groups to start the hubs, where small farmers can aggregate their products for distribution. It would also fund programs to train schools’ food service workers on the preparation and procurement of Maine-grown foods.
Small Cuts To Food Stamps Add Up To Big Pains For Many Recipients
National Public Radio - 1/30/2014.
By Richard Gonzales, The Salt - In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars. The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year.
Roundup 'Weed Killer' Threatens Coral Reefs, Persists In Seawater
GreenMedInfo.com - 1/30/2014.
By Sayer Ji - A new study published in the journal Marine Pollution Bulletin indicates that the world's most popular herbicide glyphosate (aka Roundup), used primarily in GM agriculture, is particularly resistant to biodegradation in coral reef collected sea water, and could therefore be a major contributor to the decline of marine coral reef systems such as the Great Barrier Reef.
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