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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
Moms turn in BPA petition
Kennebec Journal - 6/22/2012.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: More than a dozen mothers turned in signatures Thursday to try to compel the state Board of Environmental Protection to ban the chemical bisphenol-A from baby and toddler food packaging.
Monsanto’s corn-soy solution for feeding the world is all wrong
Kennebec Journal - 6/22/2012.
Op-Ed by Denis Thoet – How are we going to feed a world population of 9 billion by the year 2050? Monsanto thinks it knows the answer: more corn and soy production through "improved" bioengineered seed and "no till" cropping. "No till" is a euphemism for using Monsanto-produced Roundup to kill the weeds in your corn and soy fields so you can then plant your Roundup-resistant seeds, also made by Monsanto.
Towns adopt food self-governance ordinances to exempt farmers from state, federal laws
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2012.
By Clarke Canfield – Portland: Two more towns in Maine have adopted local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.
Maine strawberry crop bountiful thanks to hot spring
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2012.
By Andrew Bulfinch – Berwick: Isabella Costello came to Riverside Farm with her mother and big brother Thursday morning taking advantage of the strong season for the juicy red berries. According to owner Dave Tuttle, this season is particularly ideal for strawberries due in large part to the warm weather this region has experienced since spring.
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