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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
Pink slime not our only icky food additive
Kennebec Journal - 3/27/2012.
Editorial Opinion by The Los Angeles Times – A century ago, cautious housewives demanded that the butcher grind their beef in front of them so they could be sure he didn't toss in offal or scraps of lower-quality meat. A modern package of ground beef is more likely to come from not one animal but several and probably will include head meat, the esophagus and other internal organs. And, of course, pink slime.
Listening for Maine’s last moo
Down East - 3/27/2012.
By George Smith – When Agriculture Commissioner Walt Whitcomb started dairy farming, Maine had 2200 dairy farms. In 1991, 600 farmers were still in the dairy business. In 2002, I wrote a sorrowful plea to save the 412 dairy farms still clinging tenuously to their way of life. Last week I asked former Senator and dairyman John Nutting how many dairy farmers we still have. His answer: 305.
Crowds enjoy the sweet science of Maine Maple Sunday
Portland Press Herald - 3/26/2012.
by Beth Quimby. Rain and the poor maple syrup season don't dampen the spirits of those visiting the state's sugarhouses.

Packaging On The Pounds
The Daily - 3/26/2012.
by David Knowles. Research says chemical in plastics and cans may contribute to obesity. A controversial chemical used to harden plastics is contributing to the global obesity epidemic, according to new research by a biologist. The claims by leading BPA critic Frederick vom Saal come as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule this week — after four years of study — on whether to ban the plastic additive from use in food packaging.

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