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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
No one hurt in barn burner
Kennebec Journal - 12/16/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Mount Vernon: An early-morning fire Wednesday destroyed much of a barn housing horses, hay and farm equipment. While no humans or animals were hurt, battling the blaze took up most of a frigid day for firefighters from eight towns. Firefighters shut down much of North Road as they responded to the fire, which broke out at approximately 4:20 a.m. on a farm owned by Richard Hall.
Waterville to vote on regulating chickens in residential areas
Kennebec Journal - 12/15/2009.
By Amy Calder – Waterville: Chickens will be free to cluck on city lawns if councilors vote to allow it. The council, which meets at 7 tonight, will consider letting people in the residential zone house up to six chickens per household, as long as they abide by certain restrictions. For example, the birds must be hens. No crowing roosters would be allowed.
Maine has to do more to prevent toxic products from harming kids
Portland Press Herald - 12/15/2009.
By Paul Liebow – Bucksport: Congratulations to Maine for again leading the nation in a rational approach to preventing toxic chemicals' effects on our children, especially babies. Special concerns are phthalates and BPA in everything from IVs in newborn nurseries to toys and baby food packaging. Evidence mounts daily suggesting damage to animal embryos and now to human fetal development. A public hearing on the next steps implementing Maine's "Kid-Safe Products Act" is being held on Thursday at the Augusta Civic Center.
Monsanto towers above seed rivals
Kennebec Journal - 12/14/2009.
By Christopher Leonard – St. Louis: Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.
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