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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
Monsanto corn under attack by superbug
Wall Street Journal - 8/29/2011.
By Scott Kilman – Widely grown corn plants that Monsanto Co. genetically modified to thwart a voracious bug are falling prey to that very pest in a few Iowa fields, the first time a major Midwest scourge has developed resistance to a genetically modified crop.
Growing vegetables popular, not pervasive
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/28/2011.
By Tom Atwell – It isn't just hype. Mainers, and Americans in general, are growing more of their own vegetables. Probably. The topic came up when I was talking about something else with Lois Berg Stack, an ornamental horticulture specialist with the University of Maine Extension in Orono and one of the state's top garden gurus. She was wondering if all the publicity in 2009 – from the White House down to Main Street – meant that people were still growing vegetables in 2011, or if they had tried it and quit.
Apple growers preparing for hurricane
Bangor Daily News - 8/27/2011.
By Alex Barber – Apple orchards around the state are doing what they can to prepare for Hurricane Irene, but there may not be much they can do. “I don’t know what preparations we can do,” said Mildred Levesque, who operates Mil-Del Farm in Plymouth with her husband, Delmar. “If a big wind comes up, I don’t know how you would prepare for something like that except pray.” It’s still too early in the season for apple varieties such as McIntosh to be picked. Some growers are working to get other ripe apples off the trees.
MOFGA Launches Contest to Choreograph Climate Change Event at the Common Ground Country Fair
MOFGA Announcements - 8/26/2011.

The Common Ground Country Fair is soliciting proposals from artists to choreograph a group gathering and photograph on the Common during the Fair on Saturday, September 24, 2011 as part of Moving Planet, a global day of action to inspire solutions to the climate crisis.

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