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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
Et cetera: Common Ground Country Fair
Portland Press Herald - 9/23/2010.
By Avery Yale Kamila – This weekend, close to 60,000 farmers, homesteaders, progressives, hipsters and hippies will converge on the small town of Unity for the 34th annual Common Ground Country Fair. Billed as a three-day celebration of rural living, the fair lacks the honky-tonk of carnival rides and midway games and instead emphasizes organic farming, environmental sustainability, traditional skills and Maine folkways, with a hefty dose of music, exhibits, speakers, demonstrations and vendors.
Using plants, not pills, to stay healthy
Portland Press Herald - 9/23/2010.
By Emma Bouthillette – Elizabeth Peoples owns Mainely Herbs at Dream Tide Farm in Scarborough. “The main focus is on plants that heal,” she said. "We are an organic certified medicinal herb farm. We do sell culinary as well, but the main focus is on plants that heal. Both grown and wild crafted."
‘Any Day Now!’ dawns for Rosemont Market’s move
Portland Press Herald - 9/23/2010.
By Meredith Goad – The handmade signs in the windows at the new Rosemont Market and Bakery have been promising "Any Day Now!" That day finally came Wednesday, when the market's employees began moving the store from 559 Brighton Ave. across the street to a much larger space at 580 Brighton, the former Rosemont Pharmacy building.
DeCoster ‘horrified’ that eggs were tainted
Bangor Daily News - 9/23/2010.
By Mary Clare Jalonick – The owner of one of two Iowa egg farms linked to as many as 1,600 salmonella illnesses declined to testify at a congressional hearing Wednesday, citing his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
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