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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
Asian bee-eating hornets spreading rapidly in France
Treehugger - 8/19/2009.
By Matthew McDermott – As if we didn't have enough to worry about with declines in bee populations... Reuters reports that colonies of bee-eating Asian hornets (Vespa veluntina) are spreading rapidly in southwestern France.
Maine livestock farmers an endangered species
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Roger Fortin – Maine farmers are experiencing a gigantic forage crop failure due to continuous soaking rains. Our dairy and beef farmers, in fact, all livestock producers, face feed shortages this year combined with historic low commodity prices.
Rising rate of obesity endangers health reform
Kennebec Journal - 8/19/2009.
Op-ed By Dr. Wendy Wolf – ... The increasing rate of obesity in children and adults (including the elderly) and the parallel growth in chronic diseases related to obesity including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some forms of cancer deserve as much attention as any other wide-spread epidemic.
Close to home: gardeners keep it in the family
Portland Press Herald - 8/19/2009.
By Amy Martin – Gardening isn't just in the ground. It's in the blood. Kay Doucette traces her gardening skills back to her mother. "My parents made us work in the garden, and I hated every minute of it, or so I thought," she said. Doucette tied for the first-place Green Thumb award with Jack Doherty last month. The Scarborough Garden Club hosted the annual contest, in which gardens are nominated and judged by a panel of club members.
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