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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
USDA to launch high tunnel pilot study to increase availability of locally-grown foods
Village Soup - 12/18/2009.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced a new pilot project under the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative for farmers to establish high tunnels – also known as hoop houses – to increase the availability of locally-grown produce in a conservation-friendly way.
Medical pot growing at issue
Kennebec Journal - 12/16/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: A Portland lawmaker said Tuesday she will introduce an amendment to the state's medical marijuana law that would allow large greenhouses to bid on growing rights and put the state in charge of overseeing the quality of the crop. Rep. Anne Haskell, a Democrat, is a longtime supporter of medical marijuana, but as a member of a task force charged with implementing the voter-approved law that allows dispensaries to open, she worries about who will ensure the marijuana is safe.
Vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free … local caterers answer the call
Portland Press Herald - 12/16/2009.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Gone are the days when health-conscious party planners had to worry about whether the event's caterer knew how to maintain a gluten-free kitchen or spot the myriad foods in which non-vegetarian ingredients lurk. Now local hosts and hostesses have the luxury of hiring an expert. Responding to the growing ranks of people with food allergies, special dietary preferences and interest in locally sourced foods, a new crop of caterers is cooking up an interesting and diverse array of edibles.
California’s water woes worsen
Grist - 12/16/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – NASA just released a disturbing report on California’s shrinking water supplies: "New space observations reveal that since October 2003, the aquifers for California’s primary agricultural region – the Central Valley – and its major mountain water source – the Sierra Nevadas – have lost nearly enough water combined to fill Lake Mead, America’s largest reservoir. The findings, based on data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (Grace), reflect California’s extended drought and increased rates of groundwater being pumped for human uses, such as irrigation."
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