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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
Salt Water Farm now in Rockport
Penobscot Bay Pilot - 5/20/2013.
By Chris Wolf - Salt Water Farm, of Lincolnville fame, has opened a café and market in Rockport at 24 Central St. in the village's Union Hall. The café will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The market is integrated with the café and offers fresh produce, goods and provisions. Baked goods and bread are all made fresh on site, plus to-go items are available from the daily menu.
Drop in U.S. underground water levels has accelerated: USGS
Reuters - 5/20/2013.
By Deborah Zabarenko - Water levels in U.S. aquifers, the vast underground storage areas tapped for agriculture, energy and human consumption, between 2000 and 2008 dropped at a rate that was almost three times as great as any time during the 20th century, U.S. officials said on Monday.
Labs Fail to Detect Cases of Bacterial Food Contamination
Time Magazine - 5/20/2013.
By Alexandra Sifferlin - Foodborne illnesses are a continuing problem in the U.S., but labs that are supposed to detect the presence of pathogens aren’t up to snuff, according to a new report.
Compound in Mediterranean Diet Makes Cancer Cells 'Mortal'
Science Daily - 5/20/2013.
New research suggests that a compound abundant in the Mediterranean diet takes away cancer cells' "superpower" to escape death. By altering a very specific step in gene regulation, this compound essentially re-educates cancer cells into normal cells that die as scheduled. This study in cells, led by Ohio State University researchers, found that a compound in certain plant-based foods, called apigenin, could stop breast cancer cells from inhibiting their own death.
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