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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
Tidbits for August 4
Bangor Daily News - 8/4/2010.
By Emily Burnham – The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association hosts a day of getting to know the folks who are growing food sustainably and are helping to provide clean energy solutions to local homeowners. “Sustainable Backyards,” a tour of homes, farms and woods in Waldo County, is set for Sunday, Aug. 8, in six locations around the county.
Huge year for honey
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Beth Quimby – Falmouth: The stacks of honeybee hives in a field off Woodville Road were buzzing with insects delivering pollen and nectar collected from nearby fields of clover and goldenrod as master beekeeper Erin Forbes checked the frames Tuesday. Forbes pulled out a frame heavy with light golden honey, which she will harvest in another couple of weeks. "The honey season is fantastic," said Forbes, one of only four master beekeepers in Maine.
A real farmers’ market in Starks
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Erin Rhoda – Starks: One organization is returning a former grange hall to its original use: To be a center for farmers and those who support what they produce. More than 60 people visited the Maine Alternative Agriculture Association's open house at its new facility on Route 43 this past week to see how the old hall has changed.
After 378 years, NH family farm goes on market
Kennebec Journal - 8/2/2010.
By Kathy McCormack – Dover, N.H.: In 1632, John Tuttle arrived from England to a settlement near the Maine-New Hampshire border, using a small land grant from King Charles I to start a farm. Eleven generations and 378 years later, his field-weary descendants – arthritic from picking fruits and vegetables and battered by competition from supermarkets and pick-it-yourself farms – are selling their spread, which is among the oldest continuously operated family farms in America.
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