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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
It’s Organic, but Does That Mean It’s Safer?
The New York Times - 3/3/2009.
By Kim Severson and Andrew Martin – To emphasize that reporting basic health violations is part of an organic inspector’s job, Barbara C. Robinson, acting director of the agriculture department’s National Organic Program, last week issued a directive to the 96 organizations that perform foreign and domestic organic inspections that they are obligated to look beyond pesticide levels and crop management techniques.
Organic milk boom in Maine going bust
Bangor Daily News - 3/2/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Too much supply and too little demand in a recession have caught up with the fast-growing organic milk industry, dealing a harsh blow to Maine producers. Dairy industry giant HP Hood recently told eight Maine organic dairy farms their milk contracts will not be renewed.
The price of tomatoes
Gourmet - 3/1/2009.
By Barry Estabrook – If you have eaten a tomato this winter, chances are very good that it was picked by a person who lives in virtual slavery.
Making sense of co-ops
Kennebec Journal - 3/1/2009.
By Keith Edwards – By joining together with other like-minded people in a co-op, speakers at the 15th annual Changing Maine conference said, you can get things done an individual could never do.
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