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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
Risk, bacteria, and the tragedy of food-safety reform (updated)
Grist - 11/29/2010.
By Tom Philpott – After all the back-and-forth in our recent – and, if I may say, extremely informative – Food Fight debate on S. 510, I hold to the same opinion I expressed at first: that S. 510 represents a small step in the right direction, so long as it doesn't crush the alternative food systems that are emerging to challenge Big Food.
Wikileaks: State Department wants intel on African acceptance of GMOs
Grist - 11/29/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – The Wikileaks release of U.S. State Department classified diplomatic cables may be problematic, but it has been quite a trove of information on the workings of our diplomatic corps. For the most part, the dump has confirmed things that we already knew about U.S. policy – and that seems to be the case regarding the one mention of agricultural policy in these thousands of emails and documents to which I was alerted.
Odor improving at HerbKomp facility
Kennebec Journal - 11/28/2010.
Clinton – A stinky problem that had become a public nuisance is now being fixed at the HerbKomp facility on Route 100, state officials say. Most of the smelly odors had been created at the composting operation by seafood – shellfish parts, animal bones and lobster-claw rubber bands – that had been scattered around and not properly covered, according to inspections by the state Department of Agriculture.
‘There is food all over the place’
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/28/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Farmer Denis Thoet has packed his root cellar with beets, potatoes and carrots and filled a storage room in his house with garlic, onions and squash. His freezer is stuffed with the leftovers from the food he grows for 69 households that each bought a share of this year's harvest.
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