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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
Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research?
Scientific American - 8/13/2013.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to verify that genetically modified crops perform as advertised. That is because agritech companies have given themselves veto power over the work of independent researchers.
Record-Breaking $17.3 Billion in Crop Losses Last Year; Significant Portion Potentially Avoidable
Natural Resources Defense Council - 8/13/2013.
Extreme weather forced the Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) to pay out a record-breaking $17.3 billion in crop losses last year, much of which could have been prevented using water-smart strategies, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Payments made to farmers during the 2012 growing season to cover losses from drought, heat and hot wind alone accounted for 80 percent of all farm losses, with many Upper Midwest and Great Plains states hit hardest.
Ecologists Turn To Planned Grazing To Revive Grassland Soil
KERA News for North Texas - 8/7/2013.
By Luke Runyon - The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.,In eastern Colorado, one way could be in the plodding hooves of cattle.
KVCC hires farm manager and sustainable agriculture instructor
Bangor Daily News - 8/7/2013.
Hinckley: Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) has hired a farm manager and a sustainable agriculture instructor to lead its innovative new agricultural programs at the Harold Alfond Campus. Daniel MacPhee of Palermo, Maine has been selected as KVCC’s farm manager. Jacob Holzberg-Pill of Nevada City, California, has been hired as KVCC’s sustainable agriculture instructor.
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