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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
'Zombie' bees identified in Vt., 1st in Eastern US
San Francisco Chronicle - 1/28/2014.
By Beth Garbitelli - Vermont beekeepers face mite infestations, extreme temperature swings and the possibility of colony collapse. Last fall, a new threat emerged: zombie bees. A fly called Apocephalus borealis attaches itself to the bee and injects its eggs, which grow inside the bee. Scientists believe it causes neurological damage resulting in erratic, jerky movement and night activity, "like a zombie."
Right on target: New era of fast genetic engineering
New Scientist - 1/28/2014.
By Colin Barras - Researchers have figured out how to target and disable individual genes, one at a time, quickly.
Monsanto protesters arrested, GMO shareholder resolutions fail
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/28/2014.
By Tim Barker - The latest effort by activists targeting Monsanto’s genetic seed work resulted Tuesday in a pair of defeated shareholder resolutions and nearly a dozen arrests outside the company’s Creve Coeur headquarters.
Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive
Phys.org - 1/27/2014.
By A'ndrea Elyse Messer - Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to Penn State and University of Florida researchers. The team also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) – an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive – is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
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