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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 Allagash, it takes a village to raise a pig
Bangor Daily News - 6/28/2012.
By Julia Bayly – When Sue Underhill moved from the Camden area to Allagash, she was gratified, and also mystified, by the attention local residents have paid to the pigs she raises. After hearing about all the attention her daughter’s pigs were garnering, Underhill’s mother had made the quip, “It takes a village to raise a pig.”
Maine’s Agriculture and Conservation departments to merge August 30, but little to change
Bangor Daily News - 6/28/2012.
By Matthew Stone – Augusta: Maine’s Agriculture and Conservation departments will merge on Aug. 30, but little will change on that date and little has been determined about how the two departments with more than 700 employees and a combined $96.5 million budget will operate as one.
Can ‘veggie prescriptions’ really make people healthier?
Grist - 6/27/2012.
By Tom Laskawy – With all the talk of taxing and banning the foods (and sodas) that are bad for us, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that doing the opposite can work, too. In fact, subsidies for healthy foods can be very effective at changing eating habits.
How Monsanto is sabotaging efforts to label genetically modified food
Alternet - 6/27/2012.
By Charlotte Silver – As the 2012 Farm Bill continues to take shape in the halls of Congress, the influence of corporate interests is on display. On June 21 the Senate overwhelmingly opposed an amendment to allow states to require genetically-engineered food and beverage labeling.
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