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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
The Killing Fields: Industrial Agriculture, Dead Zones and Genetically Engineered Corn
Huffington Post - 8/1/2013.
By Elizabeth Kucinich - Scientists are predicting one of the largest dead zones ever in the Gulf of Mexico this year, with estimates ranging from 7,286 to 8,561 square miles, or as large as the state of New Jersey. Dead zones are the oxygen-deprived bottom waters of bays and oceans. The lack of oxygen kills off bottom-dwelling marine organisms and chases away others that can no longer survive in them.
National Farmers Union supports country-of-origin meat labeling
LaCross Tribune - 8/1/2013.
The National Farmers Union has agreed to intervene in a federal court case that seeks to block implementation of new U.S. meat label rules. “We are intervening in this lawsuit in order to stand up for the USDA’s final Country-of-Origin rule,” said Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union.
Want to become an urban naturalist? Try trailing a toddler
Grist - 8/1/2013.
By Emma Marris - I write about environmental science for a living, and I consider myself a pretty big nature fan. When I’m out in a park on an officially nature-centric outing, I am able to slow down, calm down, and really enjoy the flora and fauna, large and small. And my kids get free rein.
Bipartisan immigration bill would help Maine, study says
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 8/1/2013.
By Kevin Miller - The reforms would boost the economy and create 1,486 jobs next year, a report predicts.
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