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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
UM Machias students discover invasive crab in Beals which poses threat to Maine’s shoreline ecosystem
Bangor Daily News - 9/28/2013.
By Tim Cox - Machias: A group of students from the University of Maine-Machias made a bittersweet discovery this week. They found an Asian shore crab on Great Wass Island in Beals, the northernmost point where the crab has been sighted.
Are GMOs the Next Pink Slime?
Organic Connections - 9/28/2013.
By Robyn O’Brien - Last year, when Americans learned that their hamburgers contained “pink slime,” swift and immediate action was taken: they wanted it out. And burger chains and grocery stores quickly dumped the ingredient.
Senators target law favoring GMO crops
Portland Press Herald - 9/28/2013.
AP - The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles.
Why You Need to Watch These 3 Organic Food Industry Players
Daily Finance - 9/28/2013.
By Anup Singh - United Natural Foods has been delivering good results on the back of strong demand for its natural, organic, and specialty foods as well as non-food products in the United States and Canada. Year to date, shares have gained approximately 27% and more upside could be in store in the future.
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