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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
Director calls this year’s Common Ground Country Fair ‘one of best ever’
Kennebec Journal - 9/27/2011.

Unity: The weekend's Common Ground Country Fair gave people a chance to catch up with their friends and neighbors – about 59,000 of them. "This is really a Maine fair," said fair director Jim Ahearne, who added that 600 farms and businesses from the state took part in the 35th annual celebration of rural living.

Study debunks myths on organic farms
The StarPhoenix [Canada] - 9/27/2011.
By Paul Hanley – The results are in from a 30-year side-by-side trial of conventional and organic farming methods at Pennsylvania's Rodale Institute. Contrary to conventional wisdom, organic farming outperformed conventional farming in every measure.
Education, commerce highlight Midcoast presence at Common Ground Fair
Village Soup - 9/26/2011.
By Shlomit Auciello – Unity: Two days of overcast skies and intermittent rain did little to deter visitors to the Common Ground Country Fair, from across the country and around the world. Midcoast residents were among the 1,300 vendors, exhibitors and educational presenters at the 2011 Common Ground Country Fair in Unity Sept. 23, 24 and 25. Whether they were preparing food for nearly 60,000 fairgoers, teaching them how to grow and use Maine's wealth of plants, providing entertainment and information, running livestock through their paces or selling crafts and other products, smiles were seen across the fairground.
Fast food is more expensive than homemade
Grist - 9/26/2011.
By Jess Zimmerman – The New York Times breaks down the cost of two home-cooked meals, relative to McDonald's. It's no surprise the homemade stuff is healthier, but as this graphic shows, it's also cheaper. Sometimes a lot cheaper.
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