"The history of every Nation is eventually written in the way in which it cares for its soil."
- Franklin D Roosevelt. Signing the Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act.

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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
Summer is bountiful at Brentwood Farms
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/14/2011.
Op-Ed by Elizabeth Tarasevich – Two hundred pounds of fresh, ripe tomatoes yields 45 jars of sauce for family and neighbors. This delicious goodness will last through the long, cold Maine winter. Brentwood Farms, situated on just over 2 acres of city-owned land next to Evergreen Cemetery, represents the latest trend in city-community sponsorships that provide community gardens in neighborhoods without city-managed gardens.
Issue of radiation-tainted food in Japan escalates
Vancouver Sun - 8/14/2011.
Mushrooms joined the threats to Japan’s food chain from radiation spewed by Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, as the country expands efforts to limit the effects of the disaster. Japan is under pressure to enhance food inspections as it has no centralized system for detecting radiation contamination.
Japanese beetles are here to stay
Bangor Daily News - 8/13/2011.
By Reeser Manley – This garden season may well be remembered as the beetle summer. Cucumber beetles in historic numbers caroused on the blooms and leaves of squash, pumpkin and, of course, cucumbers, while Japanese beetles ran rampant among the roses, raspberries, grapes and a host of other garden plants.
Heat wave hobbles harvest outlook
Portland Press Herald - 8/12/2011.
Bloomberg News – Chicago: Corn, soybean and spring wheat harvests in the U.S., the world's largest exporter, will be smaller than the government forecast last month after a damaging heat wave that may signal higher costs for food and biofuel.
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