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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
Grants help food stamp users, farmers markets
Bangor Daily News - 4/12/2011.
Brunwick: Wholesome Wave recently awarded grants to five Maine nonprofits to expand the impact of its “Nourishing Neighborhoods Campaign,” and to help double the buying power of food stamp users at 11 local farmers markets. The five awardees are: Cultivating Community, $14,000; Skowhegan Farmers Market, $21,000; Down East Business Alliance, $13,000; Maine Farmland Trust, $6,100; and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, $7,000.
Coming soon, to a city near you: open-source agriculture
Grist - 4/12/2011.
By Danielle Gould – Most people attempting to build a viable urban agriculture business are acutely aware of the enormously challenging and time-consuming process of navigating zoning regulations. Which is why I got excited when I learned about Washington, D.C.-based John Reinhardt and the urban agriculture zoning and food sovereignty ordinance maps recently launched on his blog Grown in the City.
Worm … castings are the new gold
Kennebec Journal - 4/10/2011.
By Craig Crosby – Readfield: There's gold in that there poop. Maybe that's because it doesn't look like poop, smell like poop or act like poop – when it comes from a worm. That's part of the beauty Richard Reed saw in jumping into the worm casting business.
What’s new? Experts pick some beauties
Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/10/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Nancy and I have been looking out at our yard a lot this winter and early spring, mostly because it has been too cold and windy to go outside. So I have been looking forward to making the calls for the new-plants column I do about this time every year.
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