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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
As Biodiversity Declines, Tropical Diseases Thrive
National Public Radio - 12/29/2012.
By Eliza Barclay – Global health advocates often argue that the tropical diseases that plague many countries, such as malaria and dengue, can be conquered simply with more money for health care – namely medicines and vaccines. But a new paper is a reminder that ecology also has a pretty big say in whether pathogens thrive or die off.
First the Fiscal Cliff, Now the Dairy Cliff
Bloomberg - 12/28/2012.
By James Greiff - The arrival of 2013 may see the price of milk increase to as much as $6 to $8 a gallon, up from about $3.75, due to the inability of Congress to agree on a new Farm Bill.
Price of milk could rise steeply without new farm bill
Bangor Daily News - 12/28/2012.
By Jia Lynn Yang, Washington Post – Washington: Add another, more prosaic item to the list of things Congress has left until the last minute to resolve this year: the price of milk. Distracted by dealing with the Bush tax cuts, lawmakers are running out of time to pass the latest version of the country’s sweeping farm bill and avoid what’s become known as the “dairy cliff.”
Big farm, small farm
Down East - 12/28/2012.
By Michaela Cavallaro – Farming in Maine is an exercise in contrast. On one end of the spectrum are the lifestyle operations, with one farmer, a few acres, and a small but diverse array of crops sold to individuals. Located largely within easy driving distance of the state’s population centers, these farms can satisfy their owners’ urges to till the earth — but perhaps not their desire to draw a steady paycheck. On the other end are Maine’s large producers.
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