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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
'Sack it to 'em
Grist - 12/16/2008.
Brushing aside pressure, Obama taps a big-ag man [Tom Vilsack] as USDA chief
Bolivian President Evo Morales: 20 Ways to Save Mother Earth and Prevent Environmental Disaster
Alternet - 12/15/2008.
Capitalism's glorification of competition and thirst for limitless profit are destroying the planet.
One gene, one protein, one function - not so
ScienceAlert Australia & New Zealand - 12/15/2008.
With the abrupt and uninvited introduction of genetically modified (GM) food into our supermarkets and restaurants, many of us are looking more closely into the food we eat.
Diverse landscapes are better – Policymakers urged to think broadly about biofuel crops
MSU News - 12/15/2008.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Diversity is valuable socially, economically and now environmentally. Research by Michigan State University scientists has found that growing more corn to produce ethanol – creating less diverse landscapes – reduces the ability of beneficial insects to control pests, a loss valued at about $58 million per year in the four states studied (Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin). 
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