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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
Food safety in the 21st century
Grist - 6/21/2009.
By Dave Murphy – Just when America thought it was safe to go back into the grocery store, another food outbreak wakes us up to the fact that there is something seriously wrong with its food safety system. This time it’s Nestle Toll House cookie dough with E.coli, a treat that nearly every kid in America reaches for a few times a month during the summer. This is yet another reminder why it’s important to get the new food safety legislation, currently winding its way through Congress, right.
Vote for your favorite farmers’ market today
Treehugger - 6/21/2009.
By Sara Novak – If you love your farmers' market, now you can show it by voting on America’s Favorite Farmers' Markets. According to AFT, at the end of the contest a large, medium, and small farmers' market will be awarded a title and win a shipment of No Farms No Food® tote bags for the winning market managers to distribute to the shoppers that made it happen. You can vote until midnight on August 8. The winners will be announced thereafter. More and more people are headed back to the farmers' market according to the most recent USDA Census of Agriculture, which reported that nearly $1.2 billion stayed in local communities from direct to consumer sales—up 49 percent since 2002.
Urban poultry farms ruffle some feathers
The Boston Globe - 6/21/2009.
By P.J. Huffstutter, LA Times – MADISON, Wis. - Jen Lynch and her family live in the heart of the city but roll out of bed to the sound of chickens clucking. Their day starts with cleaning coops, scooping out feed, and hunting for eggs for morning omelets. Eight families in a three-block radius and an estimated 150 families citywide do the same. “It’s our slice of rural life, minus the barns,’’ said Jen Lynch, 35, as Flicka the chicken pecked at her backyard lawn.
Filmmakers offers ‘Food’ for thought
The Boston Globe - 6/21/2009.
By Devra First – Where does our food come from? This is the question posed by producer and director Robert Kenner in his film “Food, Inc.’’ The answer is overwhelmingly “not farms.’’ Kenner creates a portrait of a food system controlled by corporate interests that put profit before people’s health. Putting a face to this are individuals such as food-safety advocate Barbara Kowalcyk, whose son died after eating E. coli-tainted meat; Moe Parr, a seed cleaner who was sued by Monsanto; Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm, where animals are fed grass and live in species-appropriate habitats; and food journalists Michael Pollan and film coproducer Eric Schlosser.
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