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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
Farmers, customers preview growing season at CSA fair in Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 2/28/2011.
By Meg Haskell – Bangor: Winter is far from over – March in Maine being one of the snowiest and most blustery of months – but inside the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street on Sunday afternoon, spring got off to an early start. About a dozen area farmers were on hand, looking to sign up partners for their community supported agriculture programs.
Inviting the groundfish industry back home
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/27/2011.
Op-ed by Bill Gerencer – BOWDOIN - Maine's long-standing groundfish industry is at an all-time low. This once-vibrant industry, which used to land more than 50 million pounds of fish annually and bring millions of dollars and thousands of jobs to the state, is now a tiny vestige of itself. If you think this is due to overfishing, you'd be right. If you think that overfishing still exists and fish stocks are in terrible shape, you'd be wrong – tremendously wrong.
Gulf of Maine seafood gets seal of approval
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2011.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: The Gulf of Maine Research Institute has a message for consumers: It's OK to eat New England seafood. This week, the nonprofit marine research group announced that it has partnered with the fishing industry and retailers to promote sales of four species that are sustainably harvested from the Gulf of Maine.
Dairy industry leader Stanley Bennett II dies at 64
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2011.
By John Richardson – Portland: Stanley T. Bennett II, longtime leader of Oakhurst Dairy, died Wednesday at the age of 64. Bennett, who was diagnosed last summer with pancreatic cancer, was remembered Thursday as a leader in Maine’s dairy industry and a generous supporter of nonprofit organizations, especially those that support children or a clean environment.
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