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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
Common Ground Country Fair to celebrate rural living this weekend
Bangor Daily News - 9/20/2013.
By Abigail Curtis - Unity: It’s the biggest birthday party in town, and you can be sure the cake is 100 percent organic. Tens of thousands of folks will descend on Unity this weekend for the 35th annual Common Ground Country Fair. The event is held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners’ Association, which also is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the group is marking both dates with a special focus on Maine agriculture.
Planning Your Day at the 2013 MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/20/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens - Planning your day at the Maine Organic Farmer and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Common Ground Country Fair in Unity, Maine September 20, 21, and 22, 2013. The gates open at 9:00 a.m. each day. Vendors are open until 6:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices: Free for children 12 and under, $10 general admission, $8 elders, and free for MOFGA members (you can buy memberships at the fair).
Common Ground 2013: Friday at the fairground, day one
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 9/20/2013.
It’s that time of year again ... The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Country Fair. Penobscot Bay Pilot contributor Wes Sterrs wandered around the fairground Friday, Sept. 20, to snap some pictures of the first day’s events and attractions. There are two more days left. With beautiful weather on tap, get out and enjoy it!
How to bring farmers markets to the urban poor
The Washington Post - 9/20/2013.
By Michael Lipsky - Last month, I spent a day selling for the first time at another market in Takoma Park, Md. – the Crossroads Farmers Market. Though Crossroads is just two miles from the Sunday market, the customers couldn’t be more different. Crossroads is in the poorest of Takoma Park’s four neighborhoods and also serves Langley Park and other low-income areas nearby.
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