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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
PuraMaize Prevents GMO Contamination in Corn
The Cornucopia Institute - 2/13/2013.
Blue River Hybrids, a producer of organic field corn, offered three PuraMaize corn hybrids in 2012. PuraMaize is a completely natural gene blocking system, which impedes fertilization from both GMO and blue corn pollen.
Duckfat’s Rob Evans gets ‘Chopped,’ Primo is tops and Vietnamese comes to Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 2/13/2013.
By Emily Burnham - There’s lots of exciting food news in Maine today. We’ve got celebrity chefs, a restaurant that has been named one of the best in the country, and new cuisine coming to Bangor.
Global Human Health May Be Affected By Unchecked Antibiotic Use In Animals
Medical News Today - 2/13/2013.
The increasing production and use of antibiotics, about half of which are used in animal production, is mirrored by the growing number of antibiotic resistance genes, or ARGs, effectively reducing antibiotics' ability to fend off diseases - in animals and humans.
Treating 1,4-Dioxane in an era of water scarcity
Water Technology - 2/13/2013.
New methods for treating this contaminant, an industrial solvent stabilizer, in groundwater in regions affected by drought.
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