"The soil is, as a matter of fact, full of live organisms. It is essential to conceive of it as something pulsating with life, not as a dead or inert mass."
- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947

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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
Community Supported Canning Gets Locavores Through Winter
National Public Radio - 10/29/2013.
By Christine Burns Rudalevige - Community supported agriculture shares are moving out of the crisper and into the pantry. That's the hope, anyway, of a growing number of farmers and small processors who are marketing local goods under the CSA model.
GMO food-label vote may have consequences in Congress
The Seattle Times - 10/29/2013.
By Kyung M. Song - Washington: If Washington voters ratify Initiative 522 next week, the biggest changes may go beyond the state’s grocery shelves, where food products that contain genetically engineered ingredients would be labeled as such.
Less than 20% of consumers account for almost half of organic sales
Food Navigator USA - 10/28/2013.
By Maggie Hennessy - Across the board, consumers are embracing natural and organic products more and more, with natural/organic retail sales reaching $81.3 billion in 2012, up 13.5% from the year before.
Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors
Environmental Working Group - 10/28/2013.
Lists 12 of the worst hormone disrupters, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them. Included are organophosphate insecticides and the herbicide atrazine.
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