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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
14 Food Resolutions to Bring in The New Year
Food Tank - 12/26/2013.
As we enter 2014, there are still nearly one billion people suffering from hunger. Simultaneously, 65 percent of the world's population live in countries where obesity kills more people than those who are underweight. But these are problems that we can solve and there's a lot to be done in the new year!
WSU studies how organic methods help fight crop pests
The Seattle Times - 12/25/2013.
By Kristi Pihl - The DNA from the stomachs of predator bugs and plant genetics may help Washington State University researchers figure out how organic-farming practices are defeating major pests like aphids and caterpillars. WSU recently received an almost $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture that will be the main source of funding for the three-year “CSI: Organic” project.
Homemade granola fun to bake and good fuel for body
Portland Press Herald - 12/25/2013.
By Avery Yale Kamila, Natural Foodie - Quick and easy to make – and an ideal cooking project for kids – granola fills the house with a sweet, toasty aroma as it bakes. Once cooled, the cereal can be stored in glass jars for weeks, but it’s unlikely to last that long. Mine never even makes it to the weekend.
Portland restaurant uses only local ingredients – no olive oil, black pepper
Bangor Daily News - 12/24/2013.
By Kathleen Pierce - When David Levi set out to open his first restaurant, Vinland in Congress Square, he had the region’s native people – members of the Penobscot Indian Nation – in mind. What would the Penobscot eat? Mussels flavored with apple cider vinegar? Smoked duck? Poached cod in herbal broth?
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