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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
Late blight affects some County potato farmers amid rainy weather
Bangor Daily News - 8/12/2011.
By Jen Lynds – Presque Isle: The rainy spring and summer have put a damper on the Aroostook County potato growing season, but the head of the Maine Potato Board said Wednesday that the industry remains optimistic about this year’s crop. Don Flannery, executive director of the board, said that one consequence of the rainy weather has been the discovery of late blight in central Aroostook.
Roundup herbicide research shows plant, soil problems
Reuters - 8/12/2011.

Repeated use of the chemical glyphosate, the key ingredient in Roundup herbicide, impacts the root structure of plants, and 15 years of research indicates that the chemical could be causing fungal root disease, said Bob Kremer, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Tractors: no license necessary
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.
Craig Crosby – The federal government announced Wednesday it is scrapping plans to require farmers to get commercial drivers licenses to operate their tractors. The decision came after thousands of angry farmers and farm organizations blasted the measure as unnecessary meddling.
Food safety program cuts mindless, shortsighted
Kennebec Journal - 8/11/2011.
Editorial – For the last month we have heard more than we needed to know about the nation's debt, and our government's inability to bring spending under control. After all the talk, however, it's important to remember that we need government to do things that the private sector cannot or will not do on its own, and we have to pay for it.
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