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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
Up to 98% of our fresh food carries pesticides
Daily Mail [UK] - 8/28/2013.
By Sean Poulter - Almost half of all fresh produce is affected by use of the substances. The proportion of supermarket food with residues has almost doubled in decade.
World Bank approves loan to sugar plantation amid concerns about kidney disease
The Center for Public Integrity - 8/28/2013.
By Sasha Chavkin - A mysterious kidney disease that is afflicting Central American agricultural workers has been raising growing alarms among governments, and in April the region’s health ministers jointly declared that the ailment was among their top public health priorities.
Monsanto-developed corn foiled by pests
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/28/2013.
By Georgina Gustin - Farmers in two Illinois counties are reporting that the western corn rootworm, a potentially devastating pest, is showing up in their fields despite rotating fields and planting Creve Coeur-based Monsanto Co’s insecticidal corn.
Eye on Augusta: Food Sovereignty Movement Takes Root in Maine
The Free Press - 8/28/2013.
By Andy O’Brien - Last spring the Maine Legislature's Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) Committee became the center of an emotional debate over the future of the state's food policy. On one side were farmers and local-food advocates who believe that the government, in league with big agribusiness, has hampered the growth of small farms with one-size-fits-all regulations.
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