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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
Genetically modified pork one step closer to dinner table
Leader Post, Ottawa - 2/19/2010.
By Sarah Schmidt – Ottawa: Genetically engineered pigs are one step closer to becoming meat on Canadian kitchen tables with the federal government poised to declare that they do not harm the environment. Canwest News Service has learned Environment Canada has determined that Yorkshire pigs developed at the University of Guelph are not toxic to the environment under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
The Volker rule in food safety
Common Dreams - 2/18/2010.
By Rod Leonard – Although President Obama pledged to change the way Washington works—or doesn’t work—nothing much has changed for food safety programs at a time when food safety is a major public health issue. Neither is anything likely to change soon, judging by recent events, particularly in the Department of Agriculture (USDA) charged with the safety of meat, poultry and eggs. Is this a problem for the president? Apparently the White House and USDA don’t think so.
After century of business, former Stinson seafood plant closing
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Bill Trotter – Gouldsboro: Workers were shocked Wednesday when they were told that the last remaining sardine cannery in the United States would close down for good on April 18, ending more than 100 years of local history. Bumble Bee Foods, which acquired the former Stinson Seafood plant in 2004, made the announcement Wednesday afternoon to employees at the facility in the village of Prospect Harbor. With the closure, 128 people are expected to lose their jobs.
Rockweed harvesting: a recipe for sustainability
Bangor Daily News - 2/18/2010.
By Robert L. Valdas and Brian Beal – The ecological and sociological impacts of harvesting rockweeds are at the heart of a growing controversy in Maine, as evidenced by the emergence of anti-harvest alliances. Two of the underlying concerns are: Can rockweed (Ascophyllum nodosum) be harvested in an ecologically sustainable manner, and does its value as habitat or food for other organisms in near-shore ecosystems warrant a moratorium on harvesting? Here, we discuss ecological aspects relevant to these questions.
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