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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
The Real Importance of Organic Milk
Organic Connections - 12/27/2013.
Center for Food Safety - Organic production systems are widely-recognized as environmentally beneficial because they don’t allow the use of synthetic, toxic chemicals—the basis of conventional agriculture. As a process-based standard, not a product-based standard, the notable benefits of organic are derived from the production process itself rather than any specific nutritional quality of the food.
Time Is Running Out To Save Florida's Oranges
National Public Radio - 12/27/2013.
By Greg Allen, The Salt - It's not been a good year for Florida's citrus industry. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that, for the second year running, the orange crop to be almost 10 percent lower than the previous year.
The economics of organic dairy farming
Wisconsin State Farmer - 12/26/2013.
Although Vermont is losing dairy farms, it’s the conventional operations that are locking their barn doors.
Extensive Use of Antibiotics in Agriculture Creating Public Health Crisis, Study Shows
Science Daily - 12/26/2013.
Citing an overabundance in the use of antibiotics by the agriculture and aquaculture industries that poses a threat to public health, economics professor Aidan Hollis has proposed a solution in the form of user fees on the non-human use of antibiotics.
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