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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
Thought for food
Bangor Daily News - 2/17/2010.
By Emily Burnham – Do you remember the first time you cracked an egg? The first time you mixed ingredients in a bowl or baked something in the oven? The first time you sliced a tomato? For many, it was with their parents or grandparents as a small child in the kitchen. For others, it was in home economics class. But for the kids assembled at The Dinner Store on Center Street in Brewer this week, those first-time cooking experiences came under the watchful eye of Alison and Stan Small, who opened the business just over a year ago.
Give higher priority to farm to school programs
Common Dreams - 2/16/2010.
By Margaret Krome – For decades, the federal government has sought to address child hunger through programs such as the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Snack Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and Child and Adult Care Food Program. These programs are coming up for review as part of the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, which will occur this year, and attention will also be given to how they reduce obesity. Vilsack says the Obama administration is committing an additional $1 billion to this effort. However, I was disappointed not to hear from Secretary Vilsack or see in the Obama budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2011 a clear commitment to fund Farm to School programs, which aim to get locally grown food served to children in school cafeterias.
USDA releases strict new pasture rules for organic dairy
Grist - 2/13/2010.
By Tom Philpott – In October 2008, the USDA proposed changes to the standards that govern organic dairy farming. Before, organic certification required farmers to give their cows “access to pasture,” which some large dairies chose to interpret, well, rather loosely. On Friday, the agency released its final rules on the matter. Pasture standards for organic dairy production have been tightened significantly.
Talk about kohlrabi
Bangor Daily News - 2/13/2010.
By Reeser Manley – Last week’s column on kohlrabi spawned several e-mails, among them a message from Allison Keef. She and her husband, Ralph, have been gardening on 5 acres in Hermon since 1994, growing small fruits, tree fruits, asparagus, garlic, shallots and other vegetables. At the end of the garden year, their cold cellar is filled with “beets, Mokum and Bolero carrots, a variety of potatoes, Ruby Perfection cabbage, Laurentian rhutabaga, celeraic and soccer ball sized kohlrabi.”
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