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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
Evidence mounts linking BPA to damage of embryos
Kennebec Journal - 8/29/2010.
By Paul Averill Liebow – As a scheduled speaker at the Bureau of Environmental Protection hearing on Aug. 19 about the safety of bisphenol-A, I was amazed that industry lawyers could speak for 25 minutes, but citizens were limited to five minutes. I was timed out before I could speak, so I am sharing my remarks through this column.
Field of greens: the growth in farmers markets
CBS - 8/29/2010.
Ben Flanner and four friends are running a commercial farm, seven stories off the ground, surrounded by a to-die-for view of the New York City skyline. The soil, a million pounds of it, had to be raised a sack at a time by crane.
Canada bans BPA. Why haven’t we?
Grist - 8/27/2010.
By Tom Philpott – Environment Canada – our northern neighbor's version of the EPA – has officially declared bisphenol A (BPA) toxic. The ubiquitous chemical, found in the lining of nearly all cans used by the food and beverage industry, will have to be phased out in Canada.
Food figures need a pinch of salt
BBC News - 8/27/2010.
By Isobel Tomlinson – In the last couple of years, scientists, politicians and agricultural industry representatives around the globe have been using two statistics: the need to increase global food production by 50% by 2030, and for food production to double by 2050 to meet future demand.
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