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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
MOFGA Common Ground Fair: Coverage Begins
Portland Press Herald - 9/16/2013.
By Sharon Kitchens, The Root - The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association Common Ground Country Fair is just about here. The 2013 fair will run from September 20 to 22 and The Root will be posting on it all this week and from the fair this weekend.
Organic growers encouraged to grow their own seed
Capital Press - 9/16/2013.
By Sean Ellis - Workshops being held in Idaho, Oregon and Washington are encouraging organic farmers to grow their own seed. The workshops cover the challenges and benefits organic producers face when growing their own seed.
TV ads launched in fight over food labeling
The Seattle Times - 9/16/2013.
By Phuong Le - Both sides are intensifying their fight over a statewide initiative that mandates the labeling of genetically engineered foods, rolling out the first television ads Monday in a campaign expected to cost millions of dollars.
USDA weighing what to do in case of GMO alfalfa
Reuters - 9/16/2013.
By Carey Gillam - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is evaluating whether or not to take action in the case of a Washington state farmer whose alfalfa crop was contaminated with a genetically modified trait that some export customers will not accept, a spokesman said on Monday.
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