"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
Farm Bill News Worth Getting Excited About
Take Part - 2/25/2013.
By Twilight Greenaway - Have you written off the Farm Bill as another sad example of Congressional inaction turned stop-gap effort to placate the Big Ag status quo? There’s good reason to tune back in. It looks like proposed legislation, in the form of a larger sequestration-prevention plan from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), also includes a less-discussed Farm Bill fix.
Romesco Sauce
Maine Food & Lifestyle - 2/25/2013.
By Laura Cabot - Romesco is a classic Spanish sauce, originating from the city of Tarragona in Catalonia, in Northeastern Spain. Said to have been created by fishermen, it is indeed elegant with most types of fish. I am craving it right now mixed with freshly shelled and cooked Maine shrimp, dolloped on top of a nice piece of pan roasted halibut fillet.
Pandora’s Boxes
Orion - 2/25/2013.
By Heather Millar - Looking a lot like the government bad guys in E.T., two men cautiously hover over a row of boxes containing native sedges, water grasses, and Zebra fish to spray a fine mist of silver nanoparticles over them. Their goal: to investigate how the world inside the boxes is altered by these essentially invisible and notoriously unpredictable particles.
Fight unhealthy food, not fat people
The Guardian [UK] - 2/24/2013.
By Jill Filipovic - It's hardly breaking news that junk food is bad for us. But just how bad - and just how much food companies know about the addictive components of certain foods, and just how much they deliberately target the most vulnerable consumers knowing they are doing damage - is still being discovered.
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