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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
Unspinning the web of spider-goat
Institute for Science in Society - 2/20/2012.
By Dr. Mae-Wan Ho – Within the past two years, a concerted media campaign has been launched to promote the ‘spider-goat’, a goat genetically engineered to produce spider silk proteins in its milk.
When the hop fields come to town
Transition Culture - 2/20/2012.
By Rob Hopkins – The idea is a simple one: rather than breweries in London buying their hops from wherever they can source them (sometimes as far afield as New Zealand), people across London grow hops in their back gardens, on their patios and balconies, allotments and community gardens, which are then used by local brewers.
The Nonsense of Biofuels
Angewandte Chemie International Edition - 2/20/2012.
By Hartmut Michel – Fossil fuels, like mineral oil, coal, and natural gas, are derived from the biomass of ancient times. As such, they are indirect products of photosynthesis. It is therefore appropriate to ask whether we can use currently available biomass and convert it into biofuels like biodiesel and biogas.
They might be giants
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/19/2012.
By Ray Routhier – To the casual giant pumpkin fan – those of us who gawk open-mouthed at 700-pound specimens on display at Maine fairs each fall – the appeal would seem to be simply the size. "Wow, that's a big pumpkin," folks say approvingly to each other when they see the fair's prize-winning behemoths.
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