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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
New tool maps and grades ‘food deserts’ to lure supermarkets
Grist - 10/21/2010.
By Bonnie Azab Powell – Earlier this month, in a piece for our Feeding the Cities series, Stephanie Paige Ogburn explained how urban "food deserts," areas without grocery stores selling healthy food and fresh produce, came to be. For an area to be a true "food desert," it needs not only to be sans a full-service grocery store, but also populated primarily by low-income families that don't have cars or easy public-transit access to stores outside their neighborhood.
School salad bars, and the limits of relying on charity for what government should do
Grist - 10/21/2010.
By Tom Philpott – The federal government runs a program ostensibly designed to ensure that every child has access to a healthy lunch each day they're at school. Unhappily, the program is so poorly funded that public schools have been forced to outsource lunches to the processed-food industry, which takes the opportunity to educate young palates on the wonders of dishes like "dinosaur nuggets."
The French serve up one helluva school lunch
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – As an antidote to the American hostility toward school lunch Ed Bruske recently ran across in the Washington Post's comment section, here's a wonderful CBS News report about the French school lunch program.
Why Monsanto is paying farmers to spray its rivals’ herbicides
Grist - 10/20/2010.
By Tom Philpott – Monsanto's ongoing humiliation proceeds apace. No, I'm not referring to the company's triumph in our recent "Villains of Food" poll. Instead, I'm talking about a Tuesday item from the Des Moines Register's Philip Brasher, reporting that Monsanto has been forced into the unenviable position of having to pay farmers to spray the herbicides of rival companies.
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