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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
No-till farming is on the rise. That’s actually a big deal.
The Washington Post - 11/9/2013.
By Brad Plumer - Here's a fascinating trend in U.S. agriculture that's been going on for the past few decades. It's the dramatic rise ... of no-till farming.
Our GM Food Fears Aren't Irrational
Wall Street Journal - 11/8/2013.
By Andrew Kimbrell - Marc Van Montagu's "The Irrational Fear of GM Food" (op-ed, Oct. 23) is flawed from its first sentence. Genetically engineered (GE) crops have failed to deliver the promises Mr. Van Montagu cites as fact.
NH Committee Sends GMO Labeling Bill to Floor for Action
NOFA-New Hampshire - 11/8/2013.
HB660 passed the House subcommittee that had been exhaustively studying it since mid-August last week. The bill came up short yesterday when the Environment and Agriculture Committee vote occurred after only a single session of consideration, with 12 voting ‘against’, 8 voting ‘for.’ The popular amended GMO labeling bill now moves forward to the full House for a debate and vote in early 2014.
A farm-to-food-truck tale made in Maine
The Portland Phoenix - 11/7/2013.
By Kate McCarty - After years spent working in some of Portland’s finest restaurants, two chefs looking to open their own restaurant ultimately decided to start small. Now cooking out of a 26-foot mobile kitchen, Karl Deuben and Bill Leavy are serving a small, but distinctive menu using local and sometimes unusual ingredients.
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