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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
Oxfam: World's Largest Food Companies Creating Legacy of Destruction
Common Dreams - 2/26/2013.
By Jon Queally - The world's largest food and beverage companies may be profitable, but according to Oxfam International their practices are helping to destroy not only the natural resources that support a global food system but the lives of the people they depend on most: their employees and their customers.
Breast cancer and the environment: Women's exposures early in life could unlock mysteries
Environmental Health News - 2/26/2013.
By Lindsey Konkel - Deep in a laboratory freezer, 100,000 vials of blood have been frozen for the better part of five decades. Scientists say these vials could help them unravel one of the most enduring medical mysteries: Why do some women, with no family history, develop breast cancer?
Charts: World's GMO Crop Fields Could Cover the US 1.5 Times Over
Mother Jones - 2/26/2013.
By Jaeah Lee - Despite persisting concerns over genetically modified crops, a new industry report shows that GMO farming is taking off around the world. In 2012, GMO crops grew on about 420 million acres of land in 28 countries worldwide, a record high.
Mass. man has new idea for expired food
Portland Press Herald - 2/26/2013.
Associated Press - Doug Rauch, former president of the Trader Joe’s grocery chain, wants to open a store in Dorchester, Mass., to sell food past its sell-by date at discount rates, to help feed low-income families. One study says the average grocery store discards $2,300 worth of out-of-date food daily.
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