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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 way we farm now: fruit and vegetables vs. commodity crops
Grist - 5/23/2012.
As Congress hustles to pass the next food and farm bill, there’s been a lot of discussion about how little government support goes to fruit and vegetable farmers compared to the Big Five commodity crops (wheat, corn, soy, rice, and cotton).
An organic advocate for the family farm
UNH Sustainable Stories - 5/23/2012.
By Julia Miller – Bridgewater: Eight hours north of Boston, in the rural expanse of northern Maine, lives the man behind a lawsuit that aims to reverse a 30-year-old Supreme Court decision that allowed a corporate agricultural giant to patent its seeds of life. Jim Gerritsen lives down a long dirt road in Bridgewater, heart of a region once known as the “Potato Empire.” Now, after decades of consolidation in American agriculture, Gerritsen and others like him say they are fighting for what once was so common in Aroostook County, and much of America: the family farm.
Merchants to start Hampden Farmer’s Market
Bangor Daily News - 5/23/2012.
By Andrew Neff – Hampden: Michelle Byram and other members of the new Hampden Farmer’s Market didn’t intend to be the latest vendors to attempt reviving a traditional farmers’ market in Hampden, but they’ve grown to like the idea.
UN chief: ocean’s biodiversity must be protected
Common Dreams - 5/23/2012.
Speaking on the International World Biodiversity Day, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday warned that over-consumption and rampant pollution was threatening the world's ocean and marine biodiverity. "Despite its importance, marine biodiversity has not fared well at human hands," he said in a prepared statement.
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