"The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass."
- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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
GOP’s tiny cuts wound small farmers
Grist - 6/23/2011.
By Monica Potts – Late on Thursday, the House of Representatives passed USDA’s appropriations bill for the next fiscal year. In their zeal to slash spending, House Republicans cut out worldwide hunger programs, settlement payments to Brazilian cotton farmers, and a popular “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative.
Berried alive!
Portland Press Herald - 6/22/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Strawberry lovers have had a tough three years. Last year, a warm, early spring spiked by a late frost brought some berries in early, some late, and some not at all. The year before that, unending days of rain, rain and still more rain wilted the season altogether. And three years ago? A harsh winter led to a lot of winterkill.
Potatoes may regain status in school lunches
Bangor Daily News - 6/22/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: Pressure against proposed changes to nutritional guidelines is causing federal officials to take another look at what foods they will recommend schools across the nation serve their students. The increased scrutiny could improve the role of the potato in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.
Will Bolivia make the breakthrough on food security and the environment?
The Guardian [UK] - 6/21/2011.
By Mattia Cabitza – A new law that is being debated in Bolivia is expected to pave the way for the government of President Evo Morales to ensure food security while preserving national sovereignty and protecting the environment. The law reflects a concept of life in Bolivia that is centred around Suma Qamaña or living well.
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