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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
Kate's Homemade Butter has cameo in new comedy film
Portland Press Herald - 7/15/2013.
By Jessica Hall - OLD ORCHARD BEACH – Kate's Homemade Butter has gone Hollywood. In the new Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2," which opened in theaters Friday, Kate's butter gets laughs for being so tasty a character eats it straight out of the tub.
BPA-Free Plastics Going On Trial In Texas
National Public Radio - 7/15/2013.
By Jon Hamilton - Scientists and lawyers are scheduled to debate the safety of certain "BPA-free" plastics this week in a U.S. District Court in Austin, Texas. At issue is whether a line of plastic resins marketed by contains chemicals that can act like the hormone estrogen, and perhaps cause health problems.
The US-EU trade deal: don't buy the hype
The Guardian [UK] - 7/15/2013.
By Dean Baker - There has been a big push out of Washington to convince the public that an economic bonanza awaits us if we can just complete a trade deal with the European Union. This is complete nonsense, unless we define down bonanza to mean finding a quarter on the street.
If You Thought What ALEC and the Koch Brothers Are Doing Was Bad…
Food & Water Watch - 7/15/2013.
By Mitch Jones - The Transpacific Partnership (TPP) is being secretly negotiated by 12 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Japan and Brunei. The Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) includes the 27 nations of the European Union. Both of these proposed trade agreements threaten U.S. food safety rules, infringe upon public and private land with an increased push for fracking, undermine efforts to develop local food systems and increase the privatization of water systems.
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