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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
Recalling Russell Libby
The Portland Phoenix - 2/13/2013.
By Caitlin Shetterly - When trying to come up with a few words to commemorate Russell Libby, the former executive director of Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, who died in December at the age of 56, my first thought was: What could I possibly offer which is not already present in my father's stunning portrait? However, over last weekend, as the snow fell and fell, I picked up the phone and called people who knew Russell all over our great state of Maine.
Are Honeybees Losing Their Way?
National Geographic - 2/13/2013.
By Christy Ullrich - A new study shows that long-term exposure to a combination of certain pesticides might impair the bee's ability to carry out its pollen mission.
Maine lawmakers, farmers show support for turkey control bills
Bangor Daily News - 2/13/2013.
By Scott Thistle, Sun Journal - Augusta: A host of bills in the state Legislature seek to control the state’s burgeoning wild turkey population. Lawmakers, who are also farmers, lined up Tuesday to testify in support of a bill that would expand hunting of the birds.
Corporatizing Seeds of the Commons: Patents Enabling BigAg Control
Common Dreams - 2/13/2013.
By Andrea Germanos - The paradigm shift that has transferred control of seeds from the commons to corporations has brought harmful consequences to farmers, seed diversity and the environment while making a few agricultural firms owners of the "irreplaceable element of all food," according to a report released Tuesday.
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