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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
Merrigan leaves local, organic legacy
The Packer - 3/22/2013.
By Tom Karst - Kathleen Merrigan has been an influential advocate for organic agriculture and local food at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and industry leaders say her pending departure as deputy secretary creates questions about who will step into that leadership role.
Scientists: Degradation of Planet Undermines Poverty Eradication
Common Dreams - 3/21/2013.
By Lauren McCauley - "Degradation of the natural world is undermining efforts to reduce poverty," scientists warn in a new article published in the journal Nature on Wednesday.
Hypospadias not related to organic diet during pregnancy
MedicalXpress - 3/21/2013.
Although no obvious relationship between organic diet during pregnancy and hypospadias has been found, frequent consumption of non-organic high-fat dairy products during pregnancy might be associated with increased odds of hypospadias, according to research published in the March issue of Urology.
U.S. Senate Approves Spending Bill with Pro-GMO Rider
The Cornucopia Institute - 3/21/2013.
Sustainable Food News - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday passed a six-month continuing resolution budget bill that included a rider that would allow the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops even when a court of law has found they were approved illegal.
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