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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
High risk of Parkinson’s disease for people exposed to pesticides near workplace
UCLA Newsroom - 5/26/2011.
By Mark Wheeler – In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. Now a follow-up study adds two new twists. Once again the researchers returned to California's fertile Central Valley, and for the first time have implicated a third pesticide, ziram, in the pathology of Parkinson's disease.
Healthier spuds on the menu
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2011.
Editorial – There is no question that potatoes contain a lot of needed nutrients. One potato contains 45 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 21 percent of the recommended potassium. The problem is what most people do to the tubers. They are often filled with sour cream or butter and salt. They are mashed with cream, butter and, sometimes, cheese. They’re fried in oil and doused with salt.
Now that the FDA itself has found BPA in canned foods, will it regulate the poison?
Grist - 5/26/2011.
By Tom Philpott – The next time an FDA panel convenes to discuss whether to ban BPA, the endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical used in can liners, it will have new data to consider – a study by the agency's own scientists. In a just-released report, they tested a range of commonly used canned foods, from peas to chili, and found "detectable" levels of BPA in 71 of 78 samples.
Farmer’s cookbook found its roots in Maine food
Portland Press Herald - 5/25/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Organic vegetable farmer Lisa Turner blames her choice of profession on cold weather gardening guru Eliot Coleman. "It's his fault," Turner said with a smile on a recent afternoon at Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport, which she owns with her husband, Ralph.
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