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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
In Europe, Monsanto Backing Away From GMO Crops
Reuters - 5/31/2013.
Monsanto Co is not pushing for expansion of genetically modified crops in most of Europe as opposition to its biotech seeds in many countries remains high, company officials said on Friday.
Apigenin-rich foods may help defeat cancer cells
Environmental News Network - 5/31/2013.
By Allison Winter - Researchers at The Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center found that the compound identified as apigenin could stop breast cancer cells from inhibiting their own death. Apigenin is a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet and can be found in many fruits and vegetables, specifically parsley, celery, and chamomile tea.
Farm & Homestead Day scheduled June 15
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 5/31/2013.
Farm & Homestead Day at MOFGA, a free event that will offer hands-on and interactive sessions on farming and homesteading skills, will be held Saturday, June 15, at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association's Common Ground Education Center on Crosby Brook Road.
Chinese Smithfield takeover comes with added warnings for US food safety
The Guardian [UK] - 5/31/2013.
By Dominic Rushe - The US is increasingly reliant on food from China – but the takeover of America's largest pork producer by the Chinese meat giant Shuanghui has many food safety experts worried.
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