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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
Switching to organic systems builds soil carbon
Soil Association UK - 11/25/2009.
New research from the Soil Association reveals that if all UK farmland was converted to organic farming, at least 3.2 million tonnes of carbon would be taken up by the soil each year – the equivalent of taking nearly 1 million cars off the road.
Getting to the Bottom of Plastic Bottle Risks
BusinessWeek - 11/25/2009.
Retailers are demanding vigilance against worrisome chemicals in containers, food, and other goods
Grace your holiday table with pumpkin seed croquettes
Portland Press Herald - 11/25/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Holiday tables groan under the weight of tasty vegetable sides, but no vegetarian wants to subsist on roasted Brussels sprouts alone. When we plant-eaters sit down to a festive feast, we may skip over the turkey and ham, but that doesn't mean we don't crave our own entree. These days, it's easy to pop into the grocery store and pick up a faux turkey product and plop it onto the table. Yet these processed vegetarian mystery meats leave a lot to be desired. Instead, I take to my kitchen and cook up vegan offerings that complement the flavors of the season.
Roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup
The Boston Globe - 11/25/2009.
A little sweetness brings out the best in roasted Brussels sprouts. Cook them with bacon and maple syrup until the sprouts are tender and the bacon has rendered its fat and turns crisp and golden. It’s true, everything’s better with bacon.
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