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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
Federal grant helps fund $1million food processing plant in Van Buren
Bangor Daily News - 11/21/2011.
By Julia Bayly – Van Buren: A $200,000 grant from the federal Northern Border Regional Commission is providing the final funding needed to construct a $1 million vegetable processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers. The 120-foot-by-40-foot facility will be owned by the town of Van Buren and leased to Northern Girl, LLC, a food processing company based out of Vassalboro, but with St. John Valley Roots. “Northern Girl is a company that will produce and process Maine-grown fruits and vegetables,” said Marada Cook, one of the principles of Northern Girl.
Why are we eating bluefin tuna to extinction?
Grist - 11/21/2011.
By Paul Greenberg – The Atlantic bluefin tuna – an animal that reaches 1,500 pounds, swims at 40 miles per hour, heats its blood 20 degrees above ambient and crosses the breadth of the ocean – is in serious trouble. The Western, American stock has declined by about 80 percent, and by about 70 percent in its Mediterranean spawned population.
5 ridiculous myths people use to trash local food – and why they’re wrong
Alternet - 11/19/2011.
By Jill Richardson – It's become predictable. At nearly regular intervals, someone, somewhere, will decide it's time to write another article "debunking" the local food movement. The latest installment is by Steve Sexton, posted on the Freakonomics blog (which also treated us to a previous post called "Do We Really Need a Few Billion Locavores?").
Farmers, consumers rally to support man’s selling of ‘raw milk’
Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2011.
By Kevin Miller – Blue Hill: Small-scale farmers and Mainers who buy directly from them held a boisterous rally Friday to support a Hancock County man sparring with agriculture officials over his right to sell “raw milk” and other products from his farm without a license.
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