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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 yolk: Food-tech startup works to replace eggs
The Seattle Times - 12/8/2013.
By Terence Chea, AP - Funded by prominent Silicon Valley investors and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Hampton Creek Foods seeks to disrupt a global egg industry that backers say wastes energy, pollutes the environment, causes disease outbreaks and confines chickens to tiny spaces.
Straight ahead, Unity to Belfast
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/8/2013.
By Deirdre Fleming - From any road you take into this rural Waldo County town, you pass farms. Field upon field of cows, goats, chickens and alpacas as well as corn rows, hay bales and vegetable crops. And with these rolling views of working farms not only comes the expansive views from yesterday, but one very unique linear trail to the future.
Today's USDA Meat Safety Chief Is Tomorrow's Agribiz Consultant
Mother Jones - 12/7/2013.
By Tom Philpott - Deloitte Touche is one of the globe's "big four" auditing and consulting firms. It's a player in the Big Food/Ag space—Deloitte's clients include "75% of the Fortune 500 food production companies." The firm's US subsidiary, Deloitte & Touche LLP, has a shiny new asset to dangle before its agribusiness clients: It has hired the US Department of Agriculture's Undersecretary for Food Safety, Elisabeth Hagen. She will "join Deloitte's consumer products practice as a food safety senior advisor," the firm stated in a press release.
'Rank Hypocrisy': WTO Deal Bows to Wealth, Squashes the Poor
Common Dreams - 12/7/2013.
By Jon Queally - In announcing a final agreement in Bali, Indonesia on Saturday morning, head of the World Trade Organization Roberto Azevedo, said: "For the first time in our history, the WTO has truly delivered." Unfortunately, say critics, what the deal is certain to "deliver" is more pain and suffering for the world's poorest people and farmers at the expense of the world's largest and most powerful nations and corporations.
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