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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
New study weighs in on organic vs. conventional debate
Grist - 9/2/2010.
By Michelle Venetucci Harvey – "Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems," a study led by Washington State University Regents professor of soil science John Reganold, is one of the most comprehensive, persuasive studies yet to show the nutritional and environmental benefits of organic farming. Its findings only apply to strawberries – but they do point the way to the kind of research that can, and should, be done with other crops as well.
Maine organic milk company struggles as money runs out
Bangor Daily News - 9/2/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: A grand agricultural experiment — a Maine farmer-owned milk company – is close to folding and will suspend milk production this weekend as its principals scramble to find investment funding. MOOMilk, which stands for Maine’s Own Organic Milk, processed milk Wednesday but will suspend production Sunday, as a variety of reasons have combined to force the business toward closure.
More Proof: Organic Matters
The Washington Post - 9/2/2010.
By Jane Black. People buy organic produce because they believe it is more environmentally responsible, more healthful and tastes better than produce grown conventionally. When it comes to strawberries, turns out they're right.
All 5 candidates woo farmers
Kennebec Journal - 9/1/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: The five candidates running for governor shared their thoughts on the state of Maine agriculture Tuesday, offering proposals that included reduced regulation and lower taxes.
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