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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
More choices, fewer calories
Portland Press Herald - 9/19/2009.
By Kelley Bouchard – Portland: The city's schoolchildren will see fewer fried foods and more healthy options on the cafeteria menu this year as school officials take further steps to promote good eating habits and combat obesity among youths. French fries and high-calorie desserts will be offered once or twice a week rather than daily, said Ron Adams, food services director. Nonfat milk will be added to the low-fat regular and flavored milk options already available. And in the city's high schools, where students can buy either whole meals or a la carte items, cafeterias are offering a wider variety of healthy food options.
Fairground a ‘hot spot’ for EEE
Bangor Daily News - 9/19/2009.
By Meg Haskell – Unity: The Common Ground Country Fair, the annual celebration of rural life and organic agriculture, will pay special attention this year to the health hazard to humans and livestock posed by the presence of the EEE virus in Waldo County. The fair will take place Sept. 25-27.
Dairy runoff in our tap water
Ethicurean - 9/18/2009.
Big dairies, big problems: Reporter Charles Duhigg of the New York Times has been on the rampage these past few weeks with a series of great articles highlighting the need for better government regulation, oversight and enforcement of clean water laws. The latest installment covers the dairy industry in Wisconsin and elsewhere, where mega-feedlots concentrate millions of gallons of untreated waste that can leach into groundwater.
Protecting local farms
Common Dreams - 9/18/2009.
By Lynn Byczynski – When the spinach contamination epidemic was happening in the fall of 2006, and supermarkets were pulling spinach from their shelves under order from the FDA, many local produce growers experienced a sharp increase in sales. Customers didn't stop eating spinach and other leafy greens-instead, many went to their farmers' market to buy local.
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